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Orphans Benefit (1934)
Production drawing of Mickey Mouse.

Conductor Mickey taps his baton on his music stand to ready his orchestra for their performance of “William Tell Overture” but he is thwarted by the antics of Donald Duck, a rascally bee, and an angry tornado. This beautiful drawing is full of life and detail. You can almost hear the tap tap tap of the baton.


As seen in the image, there is a tonality difference around the character most likely from a previous matting. The contrast appears to be much harsher on the digital image than it is on the actual piece. There are two brownish spots in and below the character’s shoe. Also visible in the image is a crease that runs horizontally across the character. There is a darker discoloration along the extreme upper edge with tape which can be easily matted out. There is evidence of pin holes 1.0" to the left of the lower right corners which can be easily matted out. As pinning up work for evaluation was often part of the creative process, this is fairly common for this type of work.


The size of the image is 4" h x 5" w.

WDD1049

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