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Lot 160: AL HIRSCHFELD A Backstage Warning--Country Theater, Suffern.

AMERICAN ART/OLD MASTER DRAWINGS

Platinum House

by Swann Auction Galleries

June 12, 2008

New York, NY, USA

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Description: AL HIRSCHFELD
A Backstage Warning--Country Theater, Suffern.

Pen and ink on illustration board, 1938. 608x774 mm; 24x30 1/2 inches. Signed and inscribed "Suffern N.Y." in ink, recto, and extensively captioned lower margin. With prominent printer's marks.

The captions beneath the interior image read, "Viola Roache conducts the diction class-- in this instance she is teaching a pupil to scream. The student in the foreground rehearses her lines oblivious of the prevailing bedlam." The general caption reads, "A Backstage Warning--Nondas Metcalfe (Mrs. Cutler), Helen Hayes (Mrs. MacArthur) and daughter Mary watch Bob Cutler (producer) dunking in his pool--the art exhibition draws a huge crowd at intemission, oh yes theres a bar too! The county weather vane."

One of a series of drawings on the summer theater circuit. Published in the New York Times, August 28, 1938.

Condition Report: All items are offered for sale subject to Swann Galleries'' standard terms and conditions of sale, which are published in our catalogues.

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