"Drawing for 1948-49 "Anne of the Thousand Days""   Lot no. 2253

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Dec. 8, 1948 (Estimated)
12.00" x 14.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1948-49 Broadway production of Maxwell Anderson`s `Anne of the Thousand Days`, with Rex Harrison and Joyce Redman as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, flanked by Wendell K. Phillips as Cromwell, Frederic G. Worlock as Wolsey and John Williams as the Duke of Norfolk, (which dates this to August 1949). The show ran from Dec 8, 1948-Oct 8, 1949 at the Shubert Theatre, Worlock replaced Percy Warham after the June 25 - Aug 21 summer layoff. The illustration was used for the New York Journal-American. 

This piece is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 12.00" x 14.50." Edge soiling, drawing has a few minor smudges.

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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.