"Melvyn Douglas & Michael O'Shea"   Lot no. 2389

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Jan. 27, 1946 (Estimated)
9.00" x 7.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board



Caricatures by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Melvyn Douglas & Michael O`Shea for `U.S. Steel Hour: The Theatre Guild on the Air` radio studio audience program guide, to promote their appearance in the adaptation of the hit Hecht-MacArthur play, `The Front Page` with Douglas as editor Walter Burns and O`Shea as reporter Hildy Johnson, heard live over ABC Radio on Jan 27, 1946. GW did a series of portraits for the Theatre Guild radio studio audience program guides.

This piece is on 15.00" x 11.00" illustration board, each drawing measures to 7.00" x 9.00." Includes copy of the program page. Minor soiling, editors notations.

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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.