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Jack Davis Original Art: The Caddy (1957)
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JACK DAVIS. "The Caddy" (circa
This front & side view of a goofy golf
caddy suggests slimmed-down versions of Tweedle Dee & Tweedle
Dum. We believe this pen and brush watercolor and ink illustration
was intended for the Sports Illustrated parody within
Trump magazine #2. But the image was never published.
Why the caddy's shoelace is untied and flies are buzzing around
his head remains a mystery. But it's a very nice illustration
and a quite rare color piece from Davis's prime.
is from the estate of Harvey Kurtzman and will come with a letter
of authenticity upon request.
Size/condition/price: The artwork is on a heavy bristol board measuring
6 3/8" wide x 8 3/4" high. Davis's heavy preliminary
penciling is evident underneath the inking and watercolor, suggesting
that this was a preliminary never intended for publication. It
may also mean it was rejected by Kurtzman before Davis had a
chance to erase the extraneous penciling. There are residual
pencil marks and rubbings around the caddy, plus a penciled arrow
and the word "slop" pointing to the hair of the figure
on right. $1,100.