""The Steve Allen Show""   Lot no. 2225

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 16, 1962 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen & Ink, Watercolor Paper Overlay on Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Steve Allen and a personalized jester stick for `The Steve Allen Show`, a late-night 90-min syndicated talk show from LA, recreating Allen`s old `Tonight Show`, produced by Westinghouse, this version debuted June 25, 1962. While ambitious, the show couldn`t withstand Johnny Carson`s ratings hold and left the air Oct 2, 1964. Appeared as the cover for the Sept 16, 1962 New York Journal American Pictorial Magazine and TView Section, includes copies of the original covers.

This piece is on 14.00" x 22.00" illustration board, with an image measuring to 14.00" x 9.50." Medium includes watercolor on paper overlay. Water stain to top, just into upper right corner of the image, tape repair and stain to overlay.

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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.