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ELLINGTON, Edward Kennedy "Duke".

Early 1930s original caricature.

Availability: In stock

Published: ?New York 1932

Stock Code: 120747

£850
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

Excellent original caricature of Ellington (dated '32), a copy of the famous Al Hirschfeld caricature, in itself a superbly stylised rendering and first published on 19 April 1931 in The Des Moines Register. The signature appears to be an attempt to reproduce Hirschfeld's famous "concertina-ed" autograph. "Al's iconic caricature was one of the most-frequently used designs in theatre ads for Ellington during the early and mid-1930s" (alhirschfeldfoundation.org accessed 16.03.18).

In 1932 Duke had just concluded his first period at the Cotton Club, and was in the midst of a particularly fruitful period, even for an artist so consistently creative, 1932 saw the release of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", the following years saw a succession of some of his most enduringly popular tunes - "Sophisticated Lady" 1933, "Solitude" 1934, "In a Sentimental Mood", 1935.

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Description

Pen, ink and water-colour sketch with pencil under-drawing on card (245 x 162 mm).

Condition

A few small nicks at the edges, but overall very good.

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