""Arthur Freed's Hollywood Melody""   Lot no. 2447

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

March 19, 1962 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Watercolor on Paper
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of high-steppin` Donald O`Connor bookended by Shirley Jones (left) and Nanette Fabray (right), all surrounding a bust of eminent film producer & song lyricist Arthur Freed (Singin` in the Rain, etc.) in a star-studded, tune-filled celebration of the American movie musical in the NBC-TV special, `Arthur Freed`s Hollywood Melody`, on Monday, March 19, 1962. Also featured in the splashy colorcast were Howard Keel, Juliet Prowse, Richard Chamberlain & Yvette Mimieux. Watercolor on paper for the Sunday, March 18, 1962 cover of The New York Journal American Pictorial Magazine and TView Section. Copy of the cover included. 14" x 9 1/2" image. Good condition.

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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.