DescriptionGARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
Little House on the Prairie, group of four: Indians Ride Away, An Indian Baby, Crop Planting, and Going North, page 302, 303, 309, 312, 313, and 318 illustrations, 1953
Pencil on tracing paper
8.75 x 11.75 in. (largest)
Page 302 and 303: "The Indians were coming. They did not come on the creek road. They came riding up out of the creek bottoms far to the east. First came the tall Indian who had gone riding by the house in the moonlight...But she knew this was the good Indian, the Osage chief who had stopped the terrible war-cries. The pony was very near now, and Laura's heart beat faster and faster...But the happy pony and the motionless Indian went by. They went by as if the house and stable and Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura were not there at all."
Page 309: "Laura looked straight into the bright eyes of the little baby nearer her. Only its small head showed above the basket's rim. Its hair was as black as a crow and its eyes were black as a night with no stars. Those black eyes looked deep into Laura's eyes and she looked deep down into the blackness of that little baby's eyes, and she wanted that one little baby."
Page 312 and 313: "In the daytime everyone was busy. Pa hurried with his plowing, and Mary and Laura helped Ma plant the early garden seeds. With the how, Ma dug small holes in the matted grass roots that the plow had turned up, and Laura and Mary carefully dropped the seeds. Then Ma covered them snugly with earth."
Page 318: "'Ride out to Independence with us, Edwards,' Pa said. But Mr. Edwards answered that he didn't care to go north. He would make a boat and go down on the river to some settlement farther south...Then Pa told Mr. Scott to take the cow and calf. 'We can't take them with us,' Pa said. 'You've been a good neighbor, Scott, and I'm sorry to leave you. But we're going out in the morning.'"
From the Estate of Garth Williams.
Minor smudging along bottom edge and minor crease to upper edge of page 318 illustration; otherwise in very good condition. Not framed.
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