"Ezra Stone"   Lot no. 2402

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

1939 (Estimated)
9.00" x 6.00"
Pen and Ink on Paper
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), of Broadway Actor, Director & Producer Ezra Stone, more famous to audiences as the voice of anxiety-ridden adolescent Henry Aldrich in the popular NBC & CBS radio sitcom, `The Aldrich Family` (1939-1953) which was known for the Henry`s cracked voice that Stone created as well as the catchphrase, `Coming, Mother!`. Aldrich played the role from 1939-42 before leaving to fight in WWII. After the war, Stone returned to the show in Nov 1945, which is the time of this drawing. In later years, Stone became one of TV`s busiest directors up until the 1980s. Includes (3) ink versions, photo & sketches. 9" x 6" image. Minor 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.