Original artwork for the cover to International Yacht Racing Book.

(c.1935). The file comprises (1) original drawing, 12 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches, in graphite and watercolor, with white highlighting, picturing a racing yacht rounding a course buoy, sails full in high seas, the crew of 12 working, a competitor and officials boat in background, signed by the artist in the lower right corner (title in white highlight fills upper third of the drawing; at bottom in pencil "Also Contains / Map of Course / Code - Signals / Yacht game - Model Yacht Plan"), (2) a watercolor of the forward half of the ship, 11 x 8 inches, (3) photo reproductions of the original drawing, a map of the course ("By Com. Lenard, B.Y.C."), and a drawing of the 1934 America's Cup contenders "Endeavor" and "Rainbow," (4) a contact sheet of four reversed images of the original drawing, and (5) two copies of a sample cover for the book, employing the original drawing, but without the extra notations at the bottom (printed in black on stiff blue paper; 4 x 3 inches). All very good. Item #51178

Cravath was best known as a studio artist for Columbia Pictures, producing almost all of the poster work for Johnny Weismuller's "Jungle Jim" series, among many other words, 1932-1960. He was also an illustrator for King Features Syndicate, especially its Sunday comic strip featuring Frank Buck and wrote one title, Frank Buck Presents Ted Towers, Animal Master (Racine, 1935), for the Big Little Book series. We have been unable to find information confirming publication of the International Yacht Racing Book.
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