"Caricature of Percy Faith"   Lot no. 2415

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

June 1950 (Estimated)
8.50" x 8.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), of Percy Faith (1908-1976), Canadian Bandleader & Grammy Award Winner, dated June 1950, for the New York Journal-American, marked `Radio`, with blue to indicate halftone. This was at the time he was working with Tony Bennett and Doris Day before becoming Musical Director at Columbia Records in 1951. Art could possibnly served to promote his radio program at the time, `Music by Faith` which ran over Armed Forces Radio. On 11" x 14" cardstock, matted. 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" image. Editor`s stamps and notations, glue stains on lyre.

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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.