"John Lund as Yank in "The Hasty Heart""   Lot no. 2422

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Jan. 3, 1945 (Estimated)
9.50" x 8.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of John Lund as Yank in John Patrick`s 1945 Broadway wartime drama `The Hasty Heart` at the Hudson Theatre. Starring Richard Basehart, this insightful character study set in a British hospital on the Burma front marked the Broadway debut of Robert Earl Jones (under the name Earl Jones), the father of James Earl Jones. Directed by Bretaigne Windust, designed by Raymond Sovey, the show ran 1/3/45 - 6/30/45 for 204 performances, featured Earl Jones. This drawing appeared in the New York Journal-American during the run, includes clipping.


This illustration is on 14.50" x 10.00" illustration board, with blue indicating halftone. The image itself measures to 9.50" x 8.50." Minor soiling, editor's notations.

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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.