"Broadway Production of Sartre's "The Respectful Prostitute""   Lot no. 2215

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

March 16, 1948 (Estimated)
13.50" x 15.00"
Pen and Ink on Cardstock
Signed Upper Right



Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) to promote the Broadway production of Sartre`s `The Respectful Prostitute` with Arthur Jarrett, Karl Weber & Meg Mundy. The One Act play at the Cort Theatre was part of a dual bill, with Thornton Wilder`s `The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden` (not depicted) preceding the Sartre opus. The shows ran together from 3/16/48 to 12/18/48. Inset portrait is of Lou Gilbert in Richard Harrity`s `Hope is a Thing With Feathers`, one of three One-Act plays presented at the Playhouse Theatre from 5/11-5/15/48. Art highlights the rise of the IOne Act on Broadway that season. The illustration was used for the New York Herald-Tribune.

The piece is on 14.00" x 22.50" cardstock, with an image that measures to 13.50" x 15.00." Includes clipping. Minor soiling.

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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.