"Caricature of Tennessee Ernie Ford at a Pump Organ"   Lot no. 2413

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

July 8, 1962 (Estimated)
13.00" x 10.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Ink on Illustration Board Caricature Portrait of Ernie Ford at a Pump Organ. The illustration was commissioned to promote his new daytime TV show on ABC that debuted April 2, 1962, and originated from San Francisco. It was also used as cover art for the New York Journal-American Pictorial Magazine TView Section cover of July 8, 1962.

13.00" x 10.00" illustration, toned. Includes an original copy of the magazine.

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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.