Lot 42
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Result : 14 300EUR

Le Lombard
Original cover of the Journal de Tintin n° 556 of May 6, 1986

Signed. Watercolour and gouache on paper

35 × 48 cm (13.78 × 18.90 in.)

William Vance is undoubtedly a first-rate illustrator
and painter of the first order. His academic training
as well as his experience in advertising, at a time when
time when Photoshop was not known to give a drawing
to give a drawing some presence, allowed him to acquire an
an impressive technique. It can be seen here:
Hawker, in his heavily laden boat, must face the raging
the raging elements while avoiding crashing into the reefs.
against the reefs. The drawing renders very well the confrontation
forces with the mineral element at the centre of the image.
the centre of the image. The frail skiff of the castaways is
transported by a dangerous pitching motion towards the abyss, while
while a giant wave prepares to engulf it. Rare are the
are few illustrators capable of arousing such emotion in a single drawing,
such emotion in a single drawing.
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