Jul 30, 2020 - Sale 2543

Sale 2543 - Lot 86

Price Realized: $ 500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
CARUSO, ENRICO. Graphite drawing, dated and Signed, full-length caricature, showing a man [Dutch baritone Anton van Rooy] in profile gripping a cigarette in a holder and blowing smoke. Signed diagonally at lower right, with holograph description on verso ("Vanroy Baritono"). 14x8 1/2 inches; upper edge unevenly torn away, faint marginal discoloration from prior matting, some chipping or short closed tears at all edges, faint staining at left edge. 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 78.