"ZaSu Pitts in "Cordelia" &" Eva Le Gallienne" (2) "   Lot no. 2442

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 1964 (Estimated)
6.50" x 6.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Unsigned

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Caricatures by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of ZaSu Pitts in `Cordelia` & Eva Le Gallienne heading the American Repertory Theatre, for the Aug 1946 NY Herald Tribune. LeGalienne co-founded ART with Margaret Webster and producer Cheryl Crawford). The comedy-drama `Cordelia` was written especially for Pitts by George Batson, with Pitts as an early 20th century spinster raising two children left in her care. The play went on tour before closing 2 months later. Although she had been a distinguished presence on Broadway for nearly 7 decades, LeGalienne`s American Repertory Theatre only lasted 1946-48.On 10" x 7 1/2" illustration board. Includes preliminary sketch of Pitts, newspaper clipping. 6 1/2" x 6" images. Minor 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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