"1948 Broadway Production of Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke""   Lot no. 2210

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Oct. 6, 1948 (Estimated)
10.00" x 10.25"
Pen and Ink on Cardstock
Signed Lower Right



Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1948 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams` `Summer and Smoke` starring Margaret Phillips & Tod Andrews. The production ran from 10/6/48 - 1/1/49, for 102 performances, at the Music Box Theatre, directed by Margo Jones, designed by Jo Mielziner and Rose Bogdanoff. Public and critical response to the play was tepid and anticlimactic, especially in view of the fact that this play followed on the heels of Williams` previous opus, the much lauded and celebrated `A Streetcar Named Desire`.

This piece is on 14.25" x 12.50" cardstock, with an image that measures to 10.00" x 10.25." The illustration was used for the New York Herald Tribune. Includes clipping. Pencil sketch on back. Stain at bottom.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.