There are lots of signed prints out there, but few original works, by the hand of famous comedian RED SKELTON (1913-1997), who is said to have said that he made more money from his art than from his entertainment career. This is one of those scarce original works: a pencil drawing of a bird's head---likely a gull, though, possibly a young eagle. Measuring 3" by 5 1/2" (6 1/2" by 8 3/4" in simple frame) the work on a scrap of lined notebook paper is signed in the vertical style, in longhand, at left. The backing paper has not been ever fully opened (it's torn, but framing nails remain undisturbed), and there is an old circa 1960's rubber stamp, all demonstrating that this has never been messed with in the decades since it was sealed up. Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana. He worked in the circus and had a radio show by 1930. His fame grew as the century progressed, leading to The Red Skelton Hour tv show in the 1960's. Skelton began to draw in the mid sixties after encouragement from his wife, and his paintings of clowns, later reproduced into thousands of prints, proved to be quite lucrative. While his art is most associated with imagery of clowns, he did address other subject matter. A humanitarian and philanthropist, Skelton died in 1997 in Palm Springs, California. **Allow for reflection in the non-glare style glass, which should be replaced.
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