"Caricatures of Four Broadway Male Stars, Sept. 1946 (4)"   Lot no. 2363

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 2, 1946 (Estimated)
8.50" x 5.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricatures by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of four Broadway male stars, Sept 1946, including Lew Parker, Richard Tauber, Quentin Reynolds & Bert Lytell. As they appeared in `A Flag is Born` (Reynolds), `The Magnificent Heel` (Lytell), `The Front Page` (revival with Parker) & `Yours Is My Heart` (Tauber). The focus of the illustration is that these plays all opened the first week of Sept, 1946, with `Heel` debuting Sept 2 (and closing Sept 14) and the others opening on Sept 5. Each on 7 1/2" x 10" illustration board, for the New York Journal American, clippings included. 8 1/2" x 5" image each. Minor soiling, editors markings, white corrections by GW

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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.