Illustration Art

Since its first dedicated sale in 2013, the Illustration Art department, led by Christine von der Linn, has celebrated the artistic achievements of illustrators from the last two centuries. The department handles original artworks intended for publication, specializing in studies of beloved children’s characters, finished illustrations for books and advertising, theater design, cartoons and covers for The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, LIFE and Vogue.

Notable records include $52,500 for Georges Lepape’s 1927 Vogue cover, Le Miroir, in September 2016, and Howard Chandler Christy’s original watercolor for the iconic I Am an American!, which was purchased for $40,000 in January 2016. Further highlights include a gouache set design for Manhattan Mary by the studio of William Oden Waller for $77,500 and a watercolor of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans for $75,000 in December 2017. The department regularly offers work by Charles Addams, Aubrey Beardsley, Erté, Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss.


Christine Von Der Linn

Director, Illustration Art
(212) 254-4710 ext. 20

Laura Polucha

(212) 254-4710 ext. 62

Department ScheduleSee Past Auctions

January 2021

Illustration Art

Consignment Deadline: November 1 — Submit Material

February 2021

The Artists of the WPA

Consignment Deadline: December 7 — Submit Material

March 2021

Focus on Women

As collectors build holdings dedicated to the important contributions of women and nonbinary people, Swann is pleased to feature the work at auction. We are seeking book consignments in the form of first editions, signed and association copies, and handwritten manuscript material, and important visual art on paper by historically significant poets, novelists, scientists, journalists, photographers, playwrights, performers and beyond. Consign Now

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