Americana Fall 2002
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Dr. Seuss's world was populated with an endless variety of creatures and people, oftentimes indiscernible as to genus or species. Many times his interpretations were easily identifiable, as with his fish, Horton the elephant, and so on. Such is the case with this very typical Seussian camel (or is it a dromedary?). Actually, the correct term in Seuss's world is "Wump," and "Wumps" officially have one or more humps. (And for future reference, a man named Mr. Gump has a Wump with seven humps.) Big as life, stylistically and humorously depicted, our subject is coolly struttin' his stuff for all the world to see. Seuss has emphasized "One hump!" at the top of the work, as a reference to the text of the work it came from, One Fish, Two Fish. Even if by chance you do not remember this title, our comical friend is readily identifiable at a glance as a citizen of Seuss's incredible universe.
Item: Original color presentation sketch of a "Wump," done in colored markers on paper by Theodore ("Dr. Seuss") Geisel, nicely matted with an image area that approximately measures 8 by 10.25 inches in size. It is labelled and signed at the top, "One hump! Dr. Seuss," and it is undated.
Original Dr. Seuss Colored Drawing of a One Hump Camel
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