"1944 Searing Broadway Drama, "Anna Lucasta""   Lot no. 2217

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 30, 1944 (Estimated)
8.50" x 10.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1944 searing Broadway drama `Anna Lucasta`, featuring an all-black cast starring Yvonne Machen in the title role, with Earle Hyman, Lance Taylor & Frank Silvera. Produced by the American Negro Theatre, directed by Harry Wagstaff Gribble, designed by Frederick Fox & Paul Du Pont, the show ran 8/30/44 - 11/30/46 for 954 performances at the Mansfield Theatre. This drawing appeared in the New York Journal-American, includes clipping.

This piece is on 11.00" x 15.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 8.50" x 10.00." Mediums include blue to indicate halftone. A legendary production. Some soiling, editors notations, white corrections by GW.

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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.