Friday, January 24, 2014

George Price: Dancing in the Barracks

Just look at the indignities suffered by this unfortunate young private! He has to dance with a fellow male soldier, and not even a good-looking one. He has to endure this humiliation in his underwear while wearing bulky army boots. He has no privacy in the barracks; this is taking place in front of at least one other enlisted man who is providing the music. Finally, he is not leading.

This original illustration art by George Price apparently dates from World War II. The publication history is unknown. It was sold matted and framed in 2011 for $70, which is less than the price of reframing today.

George Price, illustration of soldiers dancing

George Price, illustration of soldiers dancing

George Price's signature

July 12, 2018 Update:  This artwork is from the Broadway production of "Stalag 17" and was reproduced in 1951 on the cover of Playbill.

George Price
"Stalag 17"
Playbill, 1951

Source:  Ink Spill

Note:  More about George Price may be seen here.


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