Created by hand by some of history's leading animation artists, these incredibly special pieces make a unique and heartfelt gift. Our selection features works from classic films like Pinocchio (1940), Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). These were the movies that made history: Pinocchio set new levels of innovation for effects animation, while Sleeping Beauty was the first animated film to be photographed in the new Technirama 70mm widescreen process.
For more groundbreaking artworks, get in touch. Many of these rare and collectable pieces are not yet listed online.
Released in 1961, One Hundred and One Dalmatians quickly became a box office success, not least because of the enjoyably repulsive character of Cruella de Vil. Amongst what The New York Times called a 'frame of warm family love, human and canine', the sinister London heiress delighted and thrilled viewers in her ruthless pursuit of the dalmatians' fur, symbolising the greed and vanity that are the hallmarks of every good Disney villain.
Marc Davis, the animation artist who brought Cruella to life from Dodie Smith's original 1956 novel, experimented with different hair styles and fur coats for the eccentric villainess, before settling on the fabulous aesthetic we know and love today. Using the character actress Mary Wickes as a live action reference, he captured Cruella's frenetic energy (and driving skills!) through sketchy lines and strong angles, particularly in her high cheekbones and model-thin limbs.
This original production cel - which would have been hand-painted by Walt Disney Animation Studios' artists on a piece of celluloid acetate before being photographed over a background painting to create a frame in the finished film - shows Cruella in an iconic pose. Clad in her trademark fur coat and red gloves, she clutches her opera-length cigarette holder with a snarl on her face. A rare opportunity to own a real piece of history from a classic Disney film, this sought-after scene is a fantastic addition to any art collection.
14/12/2021After the sell-out success of his debut collection, the Polish-born artist has released a series of new cartoon silhouettes and balloon dogs influenced by Jeff Koons. Get in touch to find out more.
04/04/2022We caught up with our Harrogate gallery for tips on how to style the latest releases from our spring 2022 collection, which features limited edition art from Paul Kenton, Jon Jones and Lawrence Coulson.
27/03/2022Collected by celebrities including Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, Robert's incredibly detailed original pencil drawings are the perfect addition to any Star Wars fan's collection.
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