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Published at Nov 28, 2014 for dominateinternetmarketing.co.uk
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Rare Eulalie Banks Collection of Splendid Watercolour Drawings Up For Auction
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Lot 406 : Eulalie Banks, Illustrator, Muralist &Writer, 1895 - 1999 Collection of Splendid Watercolour Drawings Watercolours: Banks (E.M.) ‘Eulalie’ An attractive collection of approx. 36 watercolour drawings, mostly children & humanized animals, rabbits, dogs, foxes, and birds. The collection contains single cards, large and small, greeting cards Up For Auction At Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers
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1. Lot 406 : Eulalie Banks, Illustrator, Muralist &Writer, 1895 - 1999 Collection of SplendidWatercolour Drawings Watercolours: Banks (E.M.) ‘Eulalie’ An attractive collection of approx. 36 watercolour drawings, mostly children & humanized animals, rabbits, dogs, foxes, and birds. The collection contains single cards, large and small, greeting cards (some folding with illustrated interiors), the largest is approx. 24.5cms x 19.5cms (9½” x 7½”), smallest 7.5cms x 6cms (3” x 2½”), and most are lightly mounted on card, all in very fine condition. As a coll., w.a.f. * Eulalie Banks illustrated over 50 children’s books during her long lifetime. She was born in Brockley, south-east London, in 1895, she was the youngest of nine. The large family garden with its two greenhouses provided many memories to draw on over the years: her illustrations for Helen Bannerman’s classic The Story of Little Black Sambo in 1926 show palm trees mixed with pine against a very British-looking stone cottage in the background. By the age of 12, she was designing colourful Christmas cards for sale to friends. Two years later, she began illustrating the children’s page in a women’s magazine. Her first picture book, Bobby in Bubbleland (1913), was published when she was only 18. Sadly, the plates for this and other early books were destroyed during Zeppelin raids over London. Her speciality was the humanized animal, neatly dressed, standing on two feet and as often as not grinning fit to burst. Her signature was simply “Eulalie,” accompanied by a little mouse wearing blue velvet trousers and an artist’s smock. Years later, a child observing this trademark in one of the murals she was working on announced “Look there’s Mickey Mouse!”The artist, who painted directly on to existing plaster surfaces with oil pigments, immediately wiped this detail out. As she put it herself in a newspaper interview, “I was doing my mouse when Walt Disney was in diapers.” In fact, there was much in common with Disney in the instant sentiment found in Eulalie’s art. In fact, the largest collection of her original works is held by the Walt Disney Studios. Her final days were spent at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Sherman Oaks. But even at the age of 102 she was still signing books at meetings held in her honour. She died on 12 November 1999. €1500 - 2000 2. Click here to View Lot 406 3. Address: The Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street., Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland Tel: +353 (0)56 4441229 Fax: +353 (0)56 4441627 Email: info@fonsiemealy.ie Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm and 2pm to 6pm For View and Sales Days 087 2751361, 087 2448076 or 087 2027759

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