Description: Young girl drawing picture by lamplight
Provenance: Sold at Illustration House auction in 2000.
Comment: “Generally, the value of American illustration artwork trends upwards...” That's pretty much of a constant refrain that you'll hear from yours truly. I firmly believe that. Sometimes though, pictures will pop up at prices markedly below their value. I remembered this from my IH years and when I had the opportunity to purchase it recently, I did not hesitate. While Donshea's not exactly a household name, I find the picture itself very appealing… All of my artist-readers should be able to relate to this subject. I usually don't use the word masterpiece (unless I can't help it), but I think that this is probably the best piece that Donshea ever did.
Price: $2,350 (+ $100 domestic shipping)