"Betsy Palmer and Richard Greene in "The Wayward Widow""   Lot no. 2435

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

May 6, 1959 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil Onionskin Overlay on Boa
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Betsy Palmer and Richard Greene in `The Wayward Widow`, a 19th c tale set in a small English seacoast village where a beautiful widow gets involved with a virtuous preacher and a ring of smugglers. A presentation on CBS-TV`s `The U.S. Steel Hour` on Wed, May 6, 1959. Episode is noted for the final act`s impressive wind and rainstorm, done live in studio. The illustration was used for the cover of a New York Journal-American TView magazine.

This piece is on 22.00" x 15.00" illustration board with the drawing itself measuring to 14.00" x 9.50." Mediums include an onionskin overlay with colored pencil. 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.