"Henry Wilcoxin as the Prosecutor in the 1948 Production of "The Vigil""   Lot no. 2418

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

May 21, 1948 (Estimated)
14.00" x 11.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right

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Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Henry Wilcoxon as the Prosecutor in 1948 production of `The Vigil` at the Royale Theatre. Directed by Alexander Markey, designed by Nicholas Yellenti, the show ran May 21-29, 1948. Though a flop, the play is notable for featuring rising star Walter J. (Jack) Palance, who at the time was understudy to Brando during the run of `A Streetcar Named Desire`, before replacing Brando as Stanley Kowalski by 1949.

 

This illustration is on 14.25" x 19.25" illustration board with 14.00" x 11.50" image, for the New York Herald Tribune. Includes clipping. Some soiling.



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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

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.

 

 


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