**FIFTEEN** original gouache drawings on commercial art board, varying sizes, the largest 15" by 20", the smallest 10" by 13 3/4", mostly unsigned but several stamped on reverse with name and address in Van Nuys, California of noted Disney studios illustrator in the 1950's and 1960's, FRANS VAN LAMSWEERDE (1924-1969). These works all feature Holy Land subject matter; acquired at the same time, they evidently were together for many years since the artist's death at a young age. Medium used is gouache. Note the amazing detail and wealth of story line. Van Lamsweerde was Dutch born. From about 1943 to 1950, he was active as a comic book illustrator. In 1950 he emigrated to the United States, his talents soon noted by Disney Studios. The artist became a background illustrator and he took on special projects, illustrating children's books for Golden Books/Whitman Publishing, calendars and Christmas cards for Brown and Bigelow, etc. Countless reproductions of his work exist, but original art seems to be very rare. His distinct mid-century style places him squarely in that block of time. These are generally in very good condition, with just some dog eared corners and a light scuff here and there. More photos upon request.
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