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    Sale 5328

    Children's & Illustrated Books & Original Illustrations

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 126

    Gerald Scarfe (b.1936)

    Mrs. T.

    Price Realised  


    Gerald Scarfe (b.1936)
    Mrs. T.
    signed and inscribed 'Mrs. T./Gerald Scarfe.' (lower centre)
    black ink and watercolour, unframed
    13¾ x 13¾ in. (34.9 x 34.9 cm.)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    "For those future historians who wish to understand the horror of this troubled century, to bypass the official version of events, a study of Scarfe's work will prove invaluable." - George Melly.
    Gerald Scarfe has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and fifty one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles and Detroit. His film work includes designing and directing the animation for Pink Floyd's The Wall and Disney's Hercules. Scarfe has written and directed many live action and documentary films for the BBC and Channel 4 and has published many books of his work, including Heroes & Villains: Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery, which was published in September 2003. His most recent book, Gerald Scarfe: Drawing Blood: 45 Years of Scarfe Uncensored was published in November 2005.

    Gerald Scarfe has been the political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for forty years, and has worked for The New Yorker magazine for fourteen years.

    Being a rarity at auction, Scarfe is much sought after, especially for his political cartoons. In most of these twenty lots, the last year of the political landscape in Britain is documented. By brilliant and bold draughtmanship, Scarfe lampoons the major figures and events of the present day, from Bush to Blair and Brown to Cameron, all are spared no mercy.