Extremely scarce original painting by Walter Lantz, oil on canvas, entitled ‘Liberty Bell,’ 19.25 x 16.5, depicting Woody Woodpecker looking unhappy with a broken beak presumably from flying into the Liberty Bell behind him. This is one of a small series of paintings done by Lantz which shows Woody at different historical places. Painting is signed in black paint in the lower right, “Walter Lantz 1979.” Framed to an overall size of 26 x 22. In very fine condition. Provenance: Christie’s, 1994.
A magnificent piece of art, this was one of a scant handful of paintings by Lantz depicting Woody at various historical locations; other themes in the set included Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore. This exceptional series, apparently done for his personal enjoyment, are a tribute to Lantz’s artistic capabilities. This painting hung in Lantz’s studio in Beverly Hills until his passing in 1994, when it was sold by Christie’s in his estate sale. An exceptional piece of artwork with impeccable provenance. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.