[Wicked Witch of the East for page 134].

[Wicked Witch of the East for page 134].
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n.p.: n.d. [circa 1980s]. 9 5/8 x 11” watercolor painting on board, signed by the artist with his notes in the margins and on a label affixed to verso, mounted; very good. Original watercolor illustration by Michael Hague for L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. Depicts the Wicked Witch of the East melting after Dorothy has doused her in water, one of her silver slippers is strewn to the side of the puddle she is becoming. The steam from the melting Witch almost seems to rise from the painting, and her face is locked is a ghoulish moment of horror and climax. Hague is an American illustrator of mainly children’s classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit and the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. As can be seen in this painting, Hague is renowned for his rich color palette, and fantastic intricate eye for detail. (Item Id: 108191)

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