Taking in the Maurice Sendak Collection at the Rosenbach Museum and Library
Visit the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, PA and see their Maurice Sendak Collection
In 1961, two years before Where the Wild Things Are was written, Larry and Nina Chertoff’s family friend Maurice Sendak drew them a mural on their bedroom wall. Last February, the Chertoffs donated their mural to the Rosenbach Museum and Libary and the museum took the mural from its Manhattan apartment, wall and all.
The Rosenbach Museum and Library is home to over 10, 000 Sendak objects, including original drawings, preliminary sketches, manuscript materials, photographs, proofs and rare prints of Sendak books. In other words, a veritable treasure trove for Sendak fans.
Flip through the online Sendak collection galleries and you’ll find that the alligators in “Alligators All Around” did not always catch colds and entertain elephants; at one point they were chasing cats and eating everything.
Maurice Sendak’s relationship with the Rosenbach Museum and Library goes back to 1966 when he and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach discovered they collected all the same artists and authors, like Herman Melville, William Blake, Emily Dickinson and Lewis Carroll. In 1968, Sendak decided that the Rosenbach Museum would house all his sketches and notes and ephemera.
We need to get ourselves down to Philadelphia and examine this wonderful collection for ourselves!