""Empire""   Lot no. 2439

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 11, 1963 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1962-63 NBC-TV`s Modern-Day One Hour Western Series `Empire`, starring Richard Egan as Jim Redigo, general manager of the 500,000-acre Garrett Ranch in New Mexico. A precursor to `Dallas`, the series debuted Sept 25, 1962 but underwent several changes to maintain its various storylines and characters. For its 2nd season, the series was renamed `Redigo` and shortened to a half-hour, which made it difficult to develop complex, in-depth characters, and it was cancelled Dec 31, 1963. Appeared as cover of Aug 11, 1963 New York Journal-American Pictorial Magazine and TView Section, includes original copies. On 14" x 22" illustration board. 14" x 9 1/2" image. Edge toned.

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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.