Pauline Sullivan, illustration original, water color, “The Monkey’s Paw” 1942 P606

Signed by Pauline Sullivan and sent to William Jacobs at Warner Brothers, this wonderful illustration, perhaps storyboard material, came marked as being from the highly influential Associated American Artists group who left their stamp on mid-century America’s textiles, book design and record covers, housewares and advertising. In a strange reversal of its “market to the masses” philosophy, many early AAA prints which sold originally for $5 go to art collectors for thousands of dollars today. As a clearing house for the most forward-thinking painters and designers of the period, Associated American Artists operated very successfully as a disseminator of artistic talent. The cardboard mailer was dated 12/17/42 and sent from AAA’s New York Office.

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William Jacobs (1887-1953) was a prolific American film producer: his credits include Christmas in Connecticut, the Story of Seabiscuit, She’s Working Her Way Through College, April In Paris, and Calamity Jane. As to what movie project, realized or not, this drawing of an Egyptian or Saharan scene was intended for, we haven’t the foggiest. Our seller’s suggestion that it was on the subject of the classic ghost story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, is as good as any.