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    Ludwig Bemelmans (American, 1898-1962)
    And Brushed Their Teeth, Madeline interior book illustration, 1939
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    14-3/4 x 11-1/8 inches (37.5 x 28.3 cm) (sheet)
    Signed lower right: Bemelmans
    Inscribed along lower edge: And Brushed Their

    This original watercolor and ink illustration was originally published on p. 6 in Madeline (Simon & Schuster, 1939), and depicts the Nurse (Miss Clavel) and Madeline with the girls lined up in two rows across each other while brushing their teeth.

    Private collection, England;
    Private collection, by descent;
    Sotheby's, New York, September 17, 2019, lot 26;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    L. Bemelmans, Madeline, New York, 1939, p. 6, illustrated.

    "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
    Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
    In two straight lines they broke their bread
    And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
    They left the house at half past nine
    In two straight lines in rain or shine-
    The smallest one was Madeline."

    -- Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline

    More information about Ludwig Bemelmans, also known as Bemelmans, Ludwig, Ludwig Bemelmans.

    Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.

    Condition Report*: Framed under glass. 1/4 inch wide strip of tape along the extreme edges, verso. Toning throughout the image. 5 x 1/4 inch vertical line of adhesive staining along the right edge, not visible in current framing. Signed of the production process including the registration stickers along the margins. Extremely mild handling crease in the upper left quadrant.
    Framed Dimensions 17.25 X 13 Inches
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