In the book, Sendak changes Bumble-Ardy into a pig, and when the pigs come to his house, it is by an invitation from Bumble-Ardy in which he says they must come in costume.
A few days ago, friend and colleague Thomas Crisp wrote to let me know that Sendak's illustrations in Bumble-Ardy include a character whose costume is of the playing-Indian type. Here's a close up:
That is from the first time we see that character. Many things to comment on, but let's stick with the costumes. Below is the full two-page spread when we first see the pigs in costume.
Help me figure out who or what they are! (I apologize for the overlap of the photo into the right column... If you want to see an even larger image, click on the photo. It should open just the photo in a new page.) Some of the pigs are wearing masks that cover their pig face; others do not wear masks. To varying degrees, they are just plain ridiculous.
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1. Clown, no mask
2. Kind of reminds me of Groucho Marx, but no mustache. He is holding a balloon.
3. Wearing a skirt and an orange sweater, but that mask?!
4. Disheveled man with a cigar
5. Lost pig (holding sign), no mask
6. Rich lady (mask) and little pig (no mask)
9. Like #3, I can't figure this one out. Wearing a dress but what is up with that mask?
10. Tiara and eye mask... (being ridden by #9)
12. Bearded policeman, no mask. What does that beard signify?
13. Court jester, no mask
Once I get a better idea of who the characters are dressed as, we can go on to do some analysis of the costuming.
Sadly for us all, Sendak is still giving us stereotyped Indians.