""J. B.""   Lot no. 2242

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Dec. 11, 1958 (Estimated)
12.00" x 6.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1958 Broadway drama, `J.B.`, starring Raymond Massey as Mr. Zuss, Christopher Plummer as Nickles & Pat Hingle in title role. Directed by Elia Kazan, written by Archibald Macleish, designed by Boris Aronson, Lucinda Ballard and Tharon Musser, the production ran 12/11/58 - 10/24/59 at the ANTA Theatre for 364 performances. It won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, plus the Tony Awards for Best Play & Best Direction. Appeared in the New York Herald-Tribune. 

This piece is on 22.00" x 14.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 12.00" x 6.50." Medium includes blue to indicate halftone. Fine condition.

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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.