"1965 Broadway Musical, "Half a Sixpence""   Lot no. 2297

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

April 25, 1965 (Estimated)
9.00" x 10.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1965 Broadway musical `Half a Sixpence`, starring Tommy Steele, Polly James & Carrie Nye, at the Broadhurst Theatre. The sprightly Edwardian-era romp, based on a 1905 novel, `Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul` by H.G. Wells, was written especially for the British pop idol Steele. Directed by Gene Saks, designed by Loudon Sainthill & Jules Fisher, the show ran 4/25/65 - 7/16/66 for 511 performances. The play wasw adapted into a 1967 film that also starred Steele. n 10" x 15" illustration board, for the New York Herald-Tribune. 9" x 10" image

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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.