Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 222

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000


Richard Nixon as W.C. Fields.

Pen, ink, and collage on paper, circa 1970. 440x395 mm; 17 1/4x15 1/2 inches. Signed and dated "Edward Sorel '70" in ink, upper left image.

Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery; Rick Meyerowitz, purchased from the above, 1972.

In this sly caricature, Sorel depicts "Tricky Dick" Nixon hiding his hand of cards a la actor/comedian W. C. Fields in his famous role as conman Cuthbert J. Twillie in the 1940 film "My Little Chickadee." Here, Sorel reveals Nixon's view in a visual bubble where we see that he is holding a terrible hand: a busted flush and a busted straight; his only move now is to bluff the other players at the table into thinking he holds better cards then he does.