N.p. N.p. ca. 1949. An archive of 16 drawings and other ephemera by Ludwig Bemelmans for the concept, stage design, and promotion of the 1950 play, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," based on the novel by Bemelmans and produced for the stage by Hume Cronyn (from whose estate the archive originates). Three of the drawings are in a large format (approximately 18 x 12 inches each), two of which are in color.
The play opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York on March 2, 1950, and ran for 44 performances through April 8, 1950. Fredric March was in the starring role.
The color drawings are the highlight of the archive, bearing a distinct resemblance to the artist's "Madeleine" character, in terms of dress, hats, and facial expressions. One of the drawings is an elaborate proposal for the play's advertisement, conceived as a carved marble marquee of sorts, heralded by a sleeping cougar.
The remaining 13 drawings are in black ink and are approximately 5 x 7 inches each; these are character studies, framing ideas, and conceptual proposals for the rather diverse scenarios demanded by the play.
Lastly, the archive includes a typed letter signed by Bemelmans, on his East 73rd Street stationery, discussing briefly the marquee concept, and the original mailing envelope addressed to producer Hume Cronyn.
All items Very Good plus to Near Fine, quite well preserved.