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Miturich, May

The Darling Family. Original illustration artwork.

The Darling Family. Original illustration artwork.

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Miturich, May The Darling Family. Original illustration artwork for 'Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up' (1971).

Watercolour with ink.

N.p., ca 1970.
24x15 cm.

Near very good condition.

Tender original illustration for the Russian translation of J. M. Barrie's play 'Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up' (issued in 1971).
May Miturich (Miturich-Khlebnikov, 1925–2008) was a 'classic' of children's illustration and the nephew of futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov. He studied under his father, the artist Petr Miturich, and at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, where he later taught. In 2005, he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.
The 1971 edition of the play was the only one with Miturich's illustrations. Interestingly, this particular artwork is a draft for the book illustration, but the published version in the book is a different illustration, albeit very similar to this original drawing.
By repute, the 1971 edition was intended for a narrow audience and was not available in shops and small libraries for the next ten years.

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