c1967 Original Beatles Drawing J Lennon in Yellow Submarine


A fine and very desirable original layout production drawing (there were many artists, so it is difficult to ascribe anyone) of the front view of the John Lennon cartoon character, from the celebrated 1968 ‘Yellow Submarine’.

The drawing is accomplished in graphite pencil on untrimmed animation paper. It is in fine condition and complete with the United Artists Studio reference marks.

The drawing was obtained from a Hollywood memorabilia auction and has been tastefully mounted and framed. The full sheet, with the production marks, has been hidden, but can be revealed by opening the frame. For information purposes we are including both the unframed and framed images. Condition is very good.

Yellow Submarine (also known as The Beatles: Yellow Submarine) is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles, directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate. Initial press reports stated that the Beatles themselves would provide their own character voices, however, aside from composing and performing the songs, the real Beatles participated only in the closing scene of the film, while their cartoon counterparts were voiced by other actors. The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike, in contrary to some of the Beatles' previous film ventures. It has also been credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form. Time Magazine commented that it ‘turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and aesthetes alike’.

Size page: 40.5 x 31.5 cm (16 ¼ x 12 3/8 inches)
Size image: 30.5 x 22 cm (12 x 8 5/8 inches)
Size frame: 44.5 x 35
Weight: 1055 g