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Ezra Jack Keats

Original Artwork

Very nearly the entirety of Ezra Jack Keats’ work for books is housed in the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection in the McCain Library and Archives on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.  R. Michelson Galleries is proud to offer the precious few works of Keat’s original children’s book illustration in private hands.

 

The Land of Play | 15.5×15 inches | Gouache and Collage
From Poems and Rhymes, Volume 1 of the Childcraft How and Why Library

 

Hello Study | 8×18 inches | Gouache and Collage on Illustration Board
Final study for the book Louie

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John Henry Picked Up Two Sledgehammers and Sang | 13×20.5 inches
Gouache, Lithographic Crayon, and Collage on Illustration Board (Keats used lithographic crayon on paper rubbed over wood to get the texture of the handles)
From the book John Henry