"Caricatures of Charles Waldron and Edwin Jerome"   Lot no. 2335

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 26, 1945 (Estimated)
1.00" x 7.00"; 6.00" x 8.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board and Cardstock
Signed Lower Right (On Left)



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Caricatures by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Charles Waldron and Edwin Jerome, the two actors who played Senator Ellsworth Langdon in `Deep are the Roots`. The Broadway production, co-starring Gordon Heath as a returning negro veteran and Jacqueline Andre as his mother, was directed by Elia Kazan, designed by Howard Bay and Emeline Roche, ran at the Fulton Theatre 9/26/45 to 11/16/46, for 477 performances. Jerome replaced Waldron during the run. 15" x 10" illustration board and 7" x 10 1/2" cardstock mounted on larger chipboard, both for the New York Journal American. Includes clippings. 10" x 7" & 6" x 8"images. Good 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.