Hand-painted and glazed collage on board. 22.9cm x 19.1cm. Signed and inscribed "For Betsy Pinover with Best Wishes / Eric Carle" in pencil to the upper margin; additionally signed and dated by Carle in black ink on verso. In excellent condition, the colours bold and bright.
A wonderful original artwork by the creator of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" for the 1985 book "The Foolish Tortoise" by Richard Buckley. Tired of being so slow, the eponymous tortoise decides that the easiest way for him to move faster is to get out of his heavy shell. The only problem is, once he manages to leave, he finds himself too scared to walk anywhere, thus learning the hard way that there is no place like home. The present collage, although not used in the published book, appears to be an alternative design for the front cover illustration. A charming and characterful creation, executed in Carle's inimitable style. Provenance: from the collection of Betsy Pinover Schiff.
Stock code: 18955