""Street Scene""   Lot no. 2239

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Jan. 9, 1947 (Estimated)
11.50" x 18.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1947 Broadway Musical Drama `Street Scene` by Elmer Rice & Kurt Weill, directed by Charles Friedman, at the Adelphi Theatre 1/9-5/17/47 for 148 performances. Designed by Donald Oenslager & Lucinda Ballard. From left to right: Hope Emerson as Emma Jones; Helen Arden as Greta Fiorentino; Ellen Repp as Olga Olsen; Norman Cordon as Frank Maurrant; Anne Jefffreys as daughter Rose Maurrant; Polyna Stoska as Anna Maurrant; Sheila Bond as Mae Jones; Danny Daniels as Dick McGann; and Sydney Raynor as Lippo Fiorentino. Four children in foreground open Act II of play with the "Catch Me if You Can" musical number. The illustration was used for the New York Herlad Tribune, includes clipping. 

This piece is on 14.75" x 20.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 11.50" x 18.00." Medium includes blue to indicate halftone. Minor soiling, editor`s notes.

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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.