" Inspector Plover, in "The Case of the Missing Wife""   Lot no. 2261

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 6, 1970 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Ink, Colored Pencil Translucent Overlay on Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Red Buttons, dubbed `Jungle Sleuth` for his role as Inspector Plover in `The Case of the Missing Wife`, a comedy presentation of `The U.S. Steel Hour`, broadcast over CBS-TV on Wednesday, Aug 10, 1960. Illustration appeared as cover art for the Sunday, August 7, 1960 issue of The New York Journal American TView Magazine.

This piece is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board, with an image that measures to 14.00" x 9.50." Includes preliminary sketches and original copies of the magazine. 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.