Jul 30, 2020 - Sale 2543

Sale 2543 - Lot 87

Price Realized: $ 281
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
CARUSO, ENRICO. Ink and wash drawing, dated and Signed, full-length caricature, showing a man [piano maker Charles Mehlin] in profile wearing a hat and shoes with spurs[?]. Signed in pencil diagonally at lower left. 14x8 1/2 inches; upper edge unevenly torn away, some chipping and short closed tears at all edges, few pin holes near side edges, some staining at lower edge. Np, 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 141.