"1957 Broadway Production, "Small War on Murray Hill""   Lot no. 2357

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Jan. 3, 1957 (Estimated)
10.50" x 17.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1957 Broadway production of Robert E. Sherwood`s final play, `Small War on Murray Hill`, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Directed by Garson Kanin, designed by Boris Aronson and Irene Sharaff, the show ran Jan 3 - 12, 1957. The drawing depicts (l to r) Leo Genn, Jan Sterling, Daniel Massey, Patricia Bosworth and Stefan Schnabel. On 15" x 20" illustration board, for the New York Journal-American. Includes a clipping. 10 1/2" x 17" image. Minor edge 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.