"Walter Pidgeon"   Lot no. 2391

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

April 14, 1946 (Estimated)
9.00" x 7.00"
Pen and Ink on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Walter Pidgeon for `U.S. Steel Hour: The Theatre Guild on the Air` studio audience program guide to promote his appearance as writer William Magee in the radio adaptation of the venerable comedy-mystery, `Seven Keys to Baldpate` (based on George M. Cohan`s play from Earl Derr Bigger`s novel) heard live over ABC Radio on April 14, 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 with the drawing measuring 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.