DescriptionPeter Fonda Hand-Drawn Picture, Age 8. "I dig my father," Peter Fonda once said of his famous dad. "I wish he could open his eyes and dig me." The relationship between father and son was strained (as Peter detailed in his 1998 book Don't Tell Dad: A Memoir), and this moving lot shows Peter's desire to win his father's favor at an early age. It features a 5.5" x 8.5" pencil sketch of an airplane, flying over the sea, boats in the water (and an anchor and fish), addressed "Dear dad," with a hand-drawn heart next to those words. The sketch has been dated in pen "1.22.48," which was about a month before both Peter's eighth birthday and Fonda's opening in the Broadway play Mr. Roberts. Also in the lot is a music book, We're In The Navy Now, A Musical Journey Around the World, by John Thompson. The book has "Peter Fonda May 13 - 1945" penciled in the upper left corner and is filled with sheet music for 31 "around the world" songs, as well as various illustrations. Henry Fonda served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and received a Bronze Star; one imagines Mr. Roberts inspired Peter's sea drawing, while Henry's military service caused Peter to cherish the book of Navy songs. The music book has some markings regarding a recital, with both items in Excellent condition. A fascinating lot, both for what it is and for the family dynamic it represents.
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