""It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World""   Lot no. 2229

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Nov. 17, 1963 (Estimated)
14.00" x 13.00"
Pen & Ink, Watercolor on Vellum Overlay on Boar
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1963 epic comedy blockbuster, `It`s a Mad, Mad,Mad, Mad World`, with stars in pursuit of hidden loot. The madcap treasure hunters are (counterclockwise) Buster Keaton, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Joe E. Brown, Milton Berle, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar & Spencer Tracy as Capt. Culpepper, with Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan in the lower left corner. The illustration was used for the Nov 17, 1963 cover of the New York Journal American Pictorial Review to coincide with the film`s NYC premiere, which was somewhat quashed by the assasination of JFK later that week. 

This piece is on 22.00" x 14.50" illustration board with watercolor on vellum overlay. The image measures to 14.00" x 13.00." 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.