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TOM H. JOHN (20th century) "My Name is Barbra." Together, a group of 9 assorted set designs and backdrops for Barbra Streisand's television special of the same name, broadcasted on CBS, April 28, 1965. Most are carbon paper printed onto larger paper with ink, paint, and additional notations applied. Average approximate sheet size is 510x610 mm; 20x24 inches. All signed or initialed, with song title and other inscriptions in image and/or margin area. Most paper is slightly wrinkled with some hard creases and tears on edges. Three sheets are cornered to boards and matted.
"My Name is Barbra" was Barbra Streisand's first television special, and was aired in conjunction with her fifth studio album of the same name. The special was a success and won five Emmys, including "Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment," which was awarded to Streisand, and "Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Art Directors and Set Decorators," which was awarded to Tom H. John (for art direction) and Bill Harp (for set decoration).
The 60-minute program was split into three acts. The lot includes designs from the following songs in the first act: "I'm Late" (4 sheets), "How Does the Wine Taste" (2 sheets), and "I'm Five" (3 sheets).
Tom H. John worked as a production designer for more than 200 major productions, including numerous Broadway stage plays and musicals, major motion pictures, and television series and specials. Over the course of his career, John has received 5 Emmy Awards and the prestigious Peabody Award. He currently works as a fine artist in New York City.