1905 WINSOR McCAY PILGRIM'S PROGRESS ORIGINAL ART!
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1905 WINSOR McCAY A PILGRIM'S PROGRESS ORIGINAL ART!
Winsor McCay, one of the fathers of the comic strip form, was an undisputed genius. His work greatly influenced all those who have come after him.
For additional biographical information see our other McCay listings.
Offered here is a 1905, "A Pilgrim's Progress", an adult orientated strip which was created under his pseudonym, íSilasí to separate his adult output from his other works.
This feature Is based on John Bunyan's 17th century classic book "The Pilgrim's Progress" hence the title of the feature and the character "Mister Bunion". The novel describes, in allegorical terms, the journey of man toward salvation. Depicted as a dream, the character proceeds through places, trials and travails in a way that the everyday person could relate to. McCay draws upon these "adventures" creating the suitcase entitled "Dull Care", which is an allegory for man's search for eternal salvation and the burden of which he seeks to relieve himself. One could argue that this adventure, dream theme, is a basis for much of McCay's work.
The content of this page touches on many of the traits that relate to the original text.
This example is printed on page #169 of Winsor McCay Early Works #8 published by the CHECKER BOOK PUBLISHING GROUP. The feature began in June 1905 and according to Checker, this example dates between July and August of 1905 dating it within the first three months of the feature.
Pen and ink on paper, art measures 19.5" x 13.75", exemplary condition, overall condition is Fine. Nice little touch at the bottom it states, "Return to Winsor McCay" To View Larger Image Click Here
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