"Dennis Morgan in "21 Beacon Street""   Lot no. 2446

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 1959 (Estimated)
10.00" x 8.00"
Pen and Ink, Graphite on Onionskin Overlay
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Dennis Morgan as private eye Dennis Chase in NBC-TV`s `21 Beacon Street`. Series only ran from July 2 to Sept 24, 1959 over NBC-TV, and was seen in repeats over ABC-TV from Dec 27, 1959 to March 20, 1960. Artwork appears to be a preliminary or alternative version of the final illustration that graced the cover of the Sunday, Aug 9, 1959 issue of The New York Journal American TView Section to promote the NBC series. On 15" x 20" illustration board, probably for the New York Herald Tribune. With graphite sketch on onionskin overlay. 10" x 8" image. 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.