CARUSO, ENRICO. Ink drawing, Signed, full-length caricature, showing a bearded man wearing a medal and holding open an oversized pair of scissors against his own neck. Signed in pencil diagonally at lower right, with holograph caption at lower edge: "Monaco. Senza principato / Alla larga!" 14x8 1/2 inches; upper edge unevenly torn away, short closed tears at all edges, some chipping at lower edge, faint scattered soiling, horizontal folds. Np, nd
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 124.
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