Jul 30, 2020 - Sale 2543

Sale 2543 - Lot 85

Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
LOTS 85-91 DRAWN FOR "LA FOLLIA DI NEW YORK" CARUSO, ENRICO. Graphite drawing, dated and Signed, full-length caricature, showing a portly man [Milan tenor Dante Del Papa] in profile wearing a dark suit. Signed diagonally at lower right, with holograph description on verso ("Cav. Dante Del Papa"). 14x8 1/2 inches; upper edge unevenly torn away, moderate scattered marginal staining, some chipping and short closed tears at all edges, few pin holes near edges. New York, 1908

Additional Details

In addition to drawing caricatures for friends and admirers, Caruso drew many for publication in La Follia di New York, an Italian-language newspaper published by his friend, Marziale Sisca. Caruso's drawings intended for publication often include faint pencil or blue pencil sketch lines below the inked line, as well as editor's notes and ink stamps in margins and on versos. Many of these caricatures were anthologized in Caricatures by Enrico Caruso (New York: La Follia di New York, 1908); the drawing in the present lot appears on page 58.