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Auction 139, Lot 72

"[World]", Morrell, George

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1910 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12 x 15.3 inches
30.5 x 38.9 cm
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This original illustration by G. F. Morrell depicts a very sad face on our Earth due to political unrest in the world. Viewing the world from the heavens, the artist points out some of the deadly incidents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as the naval revolt in Brazil in the 1890's and the revolution in Portugal in 1910. Illustration using watercolor, guache, pencil and ink. This will be a most unusual, one-of-a-kind, additional to any cartographic collection.

George F. Morrell was a British illustrator and writer. He was the 'astronomical correspondent' for The Children's Newspaper from its first issue in 1919 until shortly before his death in 1962. Morrell was a pioneer in visual education and his unusual illustrations frequently included geographic and astronomical subjects. His illustration titled, If London were on Saturn sold for $3450 at Christies in 2008.


Condition: C+

Laid on board with scattered light foxing and a small chip in bottom right corner. Still a worthy addition to any cartographic collection.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/15/2012