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Ethel Merman

Autographed Original Drawing

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Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984), American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Some People," "Rose's Turn," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," "You're the Top," "Anything Goes," and "There's No Business Like Show Business," which later became her theme song. Original, vintage, pen and ink, "on-the-spot" illustration by George 'Georges' Krishizki. The hand drawn illustration has been signed by Merman and additionally signed, dated and titled by Krishizki: "Georges / 1982 / Ethel Merman / at Carnegie Hall / May 10, 1982."

George 'Georges' Krishizki (March 22, 1924 – December 20, 2001), Russian-Polish-American illustrator who came to the U.S. in 1949. While he earned acclaim for his renderings of the city’s architectural landmarks, it was his on-the-spot drawings of musicians in performance that attracted an especially appreciative audience. In a 1973 article published in conjunction with two simultaneous exhibitions, Georges explained the genesis of his long-running engagement with the concert hall: “I’ve always enjoyed going to concerts, and one day I decided it would be fun to combine my interests in music and art and make sketches of musicians during performances.”  Indeed, the most remarkable feature of Georges’ oeuvre, apart from the astounding range of performers who gladly expressed their approval and appreciation by signing, is the skill with which the drawings are accomplished.

This original pen and ink illustration, measuring approximately 9 x 12, is in fine condition with some light overall toning. Its Verso is blank.

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