""Hide and Seek""   Lot no. 2433

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

April 2, 1957 (Estimated)
12.50" x 12.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1957 Broadway production of `Hide and Seek` starring Basil Rathbone, Barry Morse and Geraldine Fitzgerald. Directed by Reginald Denham, designed by Ralph Alswang and Virginia Volland, the show ran for only seven performances from April 2-6, 1957 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

This piece is on 15.00" x 20.00" illustration board, and the drawing itself measures to 12.50" square. It was used for the New York Herald Tribune, with overlaid portrait of Morse by GW. Minor soiling.

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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.