Illustration Daily – Day 103: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

From the start “The Wizard of Oz” was a huge success, the first printing of 10,000 copies priced at $1.50 (just over $40 dollars if adjusted for inflation) sold out in just two weeks. This must have been a huge relief to L. Frank Baum and the illustrator W.W. Denslow as they had paid for the color plates out of their own pockets when the publisher didn’t want to invest in the extra expense.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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