Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)|
Production drawing of Gertie The Dinosaur.
This is an amazing piece of animation history! Windsor McCay pioneered the field of animation with his short works Little Nemo and How a Mosquito Operates but he is possibly best known for his masterpiece Gertie the Dinosaur.
McCay’s early works were not created with cels laid over backgrounds like traditional animation, rather he drew each drawing on translucent rice paper with India ink. This wonderful piece featuring Gertie as she swallows the stump of a tree in one big gulp is a fantastic example of McCay’s animation process.
The drawing measures 6.75" x 8.5".
As visible in the image, the artwork is affixed to a backing board with slight discoloration along the extreme upper and lower edges.
There is slight evidence of paper loss and tearing toward the extreme upper left corner, which can easily be matted out.