Here we have a rare original Animation cell from the hand of Ernest Smythe . Purchased from his Grand Daughter recently. There are no real good bios and we are working on with the family. So according to family he came to the states before the Great war to New York and began working at Universal in New York City. When They moved to Hollywood after the war Ernest’s first credits started out at Walter Lanz Productions and he did many uncredited gigs as was often the case with artists in Hollywood at the time. It is known he worked on the story boards for the first King Kong. Later moving to Warner Brothers and working on Tom and Jerry in the 40’s. He enjoyed doing western watercolors on the side and we have one of those as well. Below is a UTUBE link to one of his first credited animation jobs.
Born 1881 in the UK
The cell is 9 x 11 and currently framed.
Ernest Smythe was born in England in 1881. Resident of Burbank in 1923-35.
Member: Painters & Sculptors of LA.
Exh: Bark n’ Rags (LA), 1931.
Edan Hughes, author of the book “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
City Directory; PF