A Walt Disney Studios celluloid of The Marx Brothers from Mother Goose Goes Hollywood
Walt Disney Pictures/United Artists, 1938. Gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to an airbrushed background, matted and framed. Inscribed secretarially on the mat in red crayon, "To Harpo Marx / From / Walt Disney," and additionally inscribed in pencil, "The Marx Brothers." Depicting the Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx as the "Fiddlers Three" from the "Old King Cole" nursery rhyme, who briefly play their instruments before breaking them over their knees.
Provenance: Estate of Harpo Marx; Collection of William W. Marx, Rancho Mirage, California.
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood, one of Disney's Silly Symphonies, was animated by Bill Tytla and Ward Kimball and featured caricatures of Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy, Clark Gable, and Fred Astaire, among others. It was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short but lost to another Disney film, Ferdinand the Bull.
Overall: 19 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.; Within mat: 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 in.