GREENFIELD — A familiar image with an even more familiar story is becoming the source of much longing around the Riley Old Home Society.
An image out of James Whitcomb Riley’s “Little Orphant Annie” is expected to net several thousand dollars Saturday when it goes up for sale at an Indianapolis auction house.
Antique Helpers is auctioning the painting, a preparatory design for a stained glass window that depicts an exact replica of Ethel Franklin Betts’ illustration “Ef you don’t watch out,” from the Hoosier poet’s famed poem about the orphan girl who lived and worked in the Riley home.
It is widely believed the window was never made. So why would the painting fetch so much cash? Because the design was signed as approved by Louis Comfort Tiffany – THE Louis Comfort Tiffany, owner of the famed stained glass purveyor Tiffany & Co.