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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Shorty George.
Lithograph on cream wove paper, 1943. 229x146 mm; 9x5 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated "11-20-43", numbered 2/14 and dedicated "To Howard, a Swell Guy! Norman, 4-18-44" in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression of this scarce print.
From its opening in 1927 through the early 1950s, the Savoy Ballroom was one of the most popular dance halls in Harlem, and one of the few that was integrated. The barely five-foot-tall "Shorty" George Snowden was the venue's star dancer through the early '30s, where he coined the dance craze, the Lindy Hop.