"Broadway Comedy, "Wonderful Journey," 1946"   Lot no. 2417

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Dec. 25, 1946 (Estimated)
9.00" x 9.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), for the short-lived 1946 Broadway comedy `Wonderful Journey` with (l to r) Philip Loeb, Sidney Blackmer, and Donald Murphy, as fight manager Max Levene, guardian angel Mr. Jordan and reincarnated boxer Joe Pendleton, who `proves his identity by a saxaphone solo`, as indicated by pencil caption.

A stage version of the hit 1940 film, `Here Comes Mr. Jordan`, performed at the Coronet Theatre. The play opened on Dec. 25, 1946 and closed Jan. 1, 1947 after only 9 performances.

This illustration is on 15.00" x 10.00" illustration board with blue pencil for halftone, glued on overlay of head on central figure. 9.00" x 9.00" image. Some soiling, editor's notes in margins.

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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.