"Caricature of Arthur Godfrey as a Talent Fisherman for CBS"   Lot no. 2412

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Late 1940's (Estimated)
9.75" x 5.75"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Left



Ink on Illustration Board of Arthur Godfrey as a Talent Fisherman for CBS, with a net of performers slung over his shoulder and a bucket full of contracts as bait. Art could have been rendered late 1940s to early 1950s to promote Godfrey`s popular radio and television showcase, `Arthur Godfrey`s Talent Scouts`, which offered winners contracts to major entertainment venues and also ran concurrently on radio and televioson between 1948 and 1956, though the radio series debuted two years earlier in 1946. Illustration is roughly 9 3/4" x 5 3/4" image on 15" x 11" board, with overlaid redrawn head in ink on cardstock, good condition. Includes 8x10 glossy press photo of the same.

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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.