ONE OF TWO DRAWINGS BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP---A pencil drawing of the Hell Gate railroad bridge in New York City, (so identified after research conducted on the internet), 8 7/8" by 6 3/4" (14 1/2" by 11 1/2" framed in black metal and matted), signed with initials "JRM" at lower left and dated there 1943. On the reverse a previous owner wrote "JOHN RICHARD MOORE 1925-2009 University High Sch arts class Co Founder Panavision Co.". This early work would date to the artist's teens. Moore, commonly known in later life as Richard Moore, went on to become a co-founder of the Panavision wide screen cinema format, along with Richard Gottschalk. Moore, born in Illinois, was in Los Angeles by the late 1930's. He attended the University of Southern California. In later life he wanted to utilize the advanced filming technologies he had developed, so he returned to the cinematography arts. He worked on such films as Thunderball, Myra Breckinridge, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Annie, Sometimes a Great Notion, and Winning. The drawing is in excellent condition. Framing should be regarded as temporary and protective only---drawing slipping around and not properly mounted. A note on the bridge, the subject of the drawing: it was built between 1912 and 1916, and opened for traffic in 1917. At the time it was the world's longest steel arch bridge, and it served as inspiration for the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia, which it resembles. The Hell Gate Bridge crosses over a strait of the East River between Astoria, Queens and Randalls and Wards Islands.
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