""Finian's Rainbow""   Lot no. 2238

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Jan. 10, 1947 (Estimated)
11.50" x 17.50"
Pen & Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1947 landmark Broadway Musical `Finian`s Rainbow`, starring Albert Sharpe and Ella Logan. Directed by Bretaigne Windust, choreographed by Michael Kidd, designed by Jo Mielziner and Eleanore Goldsmith, the production ran at the 46th Street Theatre from January 10, 1947 to October 2, 1948 for 725 performances. From left to right: Anita Alvarez as Susan Mahoney; David Wayne as Og the Leprechaun; Albert Sharpe as Finian McLonergan; Ella Logan as Sharon, Finian`s daughter; and Robert Pitkin as Senator Billboard Rawkins. The illustration was used for the New York Journal-American. Includes clipping. 

This piece is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board with an image that measures to 11.50" x 17.50." Medium includes blue indicating halftone. Minor soiling, editor`s notations, label pasted 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.