"Caricature Portraits to Promote "The Andy Williams Special""   Lot no. 2406

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

May 4, 1962 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Ink on Illustration Board Caricature Portraits of Andy Williams and Ann Margret to promote `The Andy Williams Special`, aired over NBC-TV on Friday, May 4, 1962, 9:30-10:30 p.m. EST and sponsored by Chrysler Corporation. Also featured on this glittering cavalcade produced/written/directed by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin were guests Dick Van Dyke, Andy Griffith and Henry Mancini. The success of this scintillating special led to the launch of Andy’s long-running NBC variety series from Sept 27, 1962 to July 17, 1971. Cover art for the April 29th, 1962 cover of the The New York Journal-American Pictorial Magazine and TView Section, includes original copies of that cover and issue, 14" x 9 1/2" image, good condition.

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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.