This wonderful caricature ink drawing of Jean Dalrymple was done by American artist Albert Hirschfeld (1903-2003). Hirschfeld was born in St. Louis, MO, At age 18, he became an art director for David O Selznick, the motion-picture producer, and then moved to Warner Bros. Hirschfeld went on to become very well known for his personality caricatures of theatre people and Theatre Caricaturist for the New York Times. His work even earned him a Tony Award in 1984, along with many other awards in the industry. Ink on paper, signed lower right, with a brass plaque which reads “The Friends of the American Theatre Wing Honor Their Friend and Fellow JEAN DALRYMPLE On The Occasion of her 90th Birthday, November 16, 1992, Plaza Hotel,” matted and housed under glass in a gilt and silver frame. Dimensions: 20 ¾” h x 14 ¾” w, sight; 32 ¾” h x 25 ⅞” w, framed.
The subject of this caricature drawing, Jean Dalrymple, was a the publicist, writer, producer and director whose greatest achievement was bringing dozens of plays and musicals to Manhattan's City Center during her tenure there from the 40's to the 60's. Dalrymple was also one of the founding members of the American Theatre Wing, serving as its first publicity volunteer.
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