Sunday, June 14, 2015

Whitney Darrow, Jr.: "Annie Get Your Gun"

Back in 2003, when three drawings came up together at auction, you were lucky to get a picture of even one of them. Such is the case with the sale of three illustrations by Whitney Darrow, Jr. created for a Rodgers and Hammerstein theatre library catalogue. The musical "Annie Get Your Gun" (Irving Berlin and Dorothy Fields with Herbert Fields) is illustrated here. Drawings for "Showboat" (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) and "Oklahoma!" (Rodgers & Hammerstein) are not shown.

Whitney Darrow, Jr. "Annie Get Your Gun"

Swann Auction Galleries, November 13, 2003
Sale 1985, Lot 237
Hammer Price $2,400

Note:  "Annie Get Your Gun" doesn't take a comma. What's with that?

Perhaps the buyer of this lot would like to come forward with scans or photos of the two other drawings. It's worth a shot.

Is any reader familiar with the catalogue in which these drawings were published? One at a time, please.

It's a closely-guarded secret, but this blogger has been humming Broadway show tunes for years. Come and hum along with me.

You might think that the music of Irving Berlin never comes up here, but you would be wrong.

By now you probably think you're familiar with my posts about Whitney Darrow, Jr. But are you really?

Today on Ink Spill, Michael Maslin writes about his tipping point as a cartoonist, and Whitney Darrow is part of the tale.


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