Monday, 31 October 2011

Hallowe'en Venus by Bill Layne

Here is a knowing young witch-lady for Hallowe'en, for all those that celebrate it.  The artist, Bill Layne (1911-2005), spent many years working on backgrounds for Disney films including such classics as Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and Jungle Book.

He also did work for calendar publishers Brown & Bigelow (who supplied most of Playboy's initial centrefold photos) and this picture appeared as the October picture in the 1966 Esquire Calendar.

Apart  from his Disney and pin-up art a lot of his paintings appeared on childrens jigsaw puzzles, particularly in the nineteen fifties.

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