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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Al Hirschfeld:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection in the Performing Arts Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Hirschfeld, Al, 1903-2003
Title: Al Hirschfeld Collection
Dates: 1951-1965, undated
Abstract: The Al Hirschfeld Collection, 1951-1965, undated, contains sixteen drawings and two prints of plays, films, and theater personalities. Among the many performers shown are Carol Burnett, Alec Guinness, and Mae West. Many of the drawings appeared in The New York Times; others were used by film and television studios for publicity purposes.
Extent: 18 items in 18 oversize folders (0.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Note: This brief collection description is a preliminary inventory. The collection is not fully processed or cataloged; no biographical sketch or descriptions of series are available in this inventory.
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The graphic artist and caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1903. Hirschfeld moved to New York City at the age of twelve and before he was twenty, he was creating art for motion picture companies. With the help of his friend Miguel Covarrubias, he perfected a unique drawing style marked by long fluid pen strokes. He studied at the Art Students League (circa 1918), worked for David Selznick (1921) and Warner Brothers (1921-1924), and established a studio in Paris (1924-1925). He became the theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in Moscow (1927-1928), then worked for The New York Times from 1929. A consummate traveler, he was famous for his stylized and perceptive caricatures of theater and public personalities. After the birth of his daughter Nina in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed her name in almost all of his drawings. A documentary about his life, The Line King: Al Hirschfeld, was released in 1996. Hirschfeld passed away in 2003.

The Al Hirschfeld Collection, 1951-1965, undated, contains sixteen drawings and two prints of plays, films, and theater personalities. Many of the drawings appeared in The New York Times; others were used by film and television studios for publicity purposes. Productions represented include The Alamo (film), The Night of the Iguana (stage and film versions), The Rose Tattoo, St. Joan, Waiting for Godot, and West Side Story. Among the many performers shown are Carol Burnett (caricatured as Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire), Alec Guinness, and Margaret Leighton. This inventory includes an Index of Subjects which lists each of the individuals depicted in this collection.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1967 (R3487); 2 drawings transferred from Art Collection, 1 drawing from Crain Collection

Processed by:

Esther L. Mes, 2001; Helen Adair, 2006

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Al Hirschfeld Collection--Item List

 

Productions

Folder
18 The Alamo (film, 1960), drawing
Folder
6 The Horse's Mouth (1958), drawing
Folder
7 I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1962), drawing
The Night of the Iguana
Folder
8 Stage version (1961), drawing
Folder
1 Film version (1964), drawing
Folder
9 The Rose Tattoo (1951), drawing
Folder
10 St. Joan (1956), drawing
Folder
11 Waiting for Godot (1961), drawing
Folder
12 West Side Story (1957), drawing

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Individuals

Folder
13 Burnett, Carol, as Blanche du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1965), drawing
Folder
2 Guinness, Alec, in Dylan (1964), drawing
Folder
3 Leighton, Margaret, in The Night of the Iguana (1962), drawing
Folder
4 Mohyeddin, Zia, in A Passage to India (1962), drawing
Folder
14 West, Mae, print, undated
Folder
15 "Tennessee Williams: His Influence and Realization," drawing, [1959]

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Miscellaneous

Folder
16 "Americans in London, at the Caprice Restaurant," drawing, 1951
Folder
17 Performers in roles that made them famous, print, undated
Folder
5 "Reefer Man," drawing, undated

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 Index of Subjects 

  • Adams, Maude--17
  • Adler, Larry--16
  • Allen, Fred--17
  • Arliss, George--17
  • Bacall, Lauren--17
  • Barrymore, John--17
  • Belmore, Daisy--9
  • Bergman, Ingrid--16
  • Bernhardt, Sarah--17
  • Bolger, Ray--17
  • Burnett, Carol--13
  • Burton, Richard--18
  • Calin, Mickey--12
  • Campbell, Patrick, Mrs.--17
  • Capp, Al--16
  • Carlisle, Kitty--16
  • Carnovsky, Morris--17
  • Channing, Carol--17
  • Chrysler, Walter--16
  • Clark, Bobby--17
  • Clark, H. B.--17
  • Cohan, George M.--17
  • Coote, Robert--6
  • Cornell, Katharine--17
  • Cowl, Jane--17
  • David, Thayer--10
  • Davis, Bette--8
  • Delevanti, Cyril--18
  • Disney, Walt--16
  • Draper, Paul--16
  • Fairbanks, Douglas, Jr.--16
  • Fontanne, Lynn--17
  • Ford, Henry, II--16
  • Gardner, Ava--18
  • Garland, Judy--16
  • Gaxton, William--17
  • Gillette, William--17
  • Goetz, Augustus--16
  • Goetz, Ruth--16
  • Gordon, Ruth--16
  • Gough, Michael--6
  • Gould, Elliott--7
  • Guinness, Alec--2, 6
  • Haas, Dolly--16
  • Harris, Julie--17
  • Hart, Moss--16
  • "Headwaiter Mario"--16
  • Hirschfeld, Al--16
  • Hoffman, Jane--9
  • Howard, Cordelia--17
  • Hull, Henry--17
  • Johnson, Arch--10
  • Johnson, Gully--6
  • Jones, W. G., Mrs.--17
  • Kanin, Garson--16
  • Kaufman, George S.--16
  • Kaye, Danny--16
  • Keith, Ian--10
  • Kerr, Deborah--18
  • Kert, Larry--12
  • Lawrence, Carol--12
  • Leighton, Margaret--3, 8
  • Lenihan, Winifred--17
  • Leroy, Ken--12
  • Love, Phyllis--9
  • Lunt, Alfred--17
  • Lyon, Sue--18
  • MacGrath, Leueen--16
  • Mansfield, Richard--17
  • Martin, Mary--17
  • Massey, Raymond--17
  • Maxwell, Frank--10
  • Mayer, Louis B.--16
  • McKenna, Siobhan--10
  • Meredith, Burgess--11
  • Merighi, Augusta--9
  • Merman, Ethel--17
  • Miller, Gilbert--16
  • Miller, Kitty--16
  • Minotis, Alexis--17
  • Mohyeddin, Zia--4
  • Moore, Dick--10
  • Moore, Victor--17
  • Morgan, Mike--6
  • Mostel, Zero--11, 17
  • Murray, Don--9
  • Nathan, Vivian--9
  • O’Neal, Patrick--8
  • Olivier, Laurence--17
  • Paxinou, Katina--15
  • Purdy, Richard--10
  • Reed, Florence--17
  • Rivera, Chita--12
  • Robinson, Bill--17
  • Roth, Lillian--7
  • San Marco, Rossana--9
  • Sardi, Vincent--16
  • Selznick, David O.--16
  • Sherwood, Robert--16
  • Shubert, Lee--16
  • Skinner, Otis--17
  • Smith, Kent--10
  • Sorel, Sonia--9
  • Stapleton, Maureen--9, 17
  • Streisand, Barbra--7, 17
  • Sundstrom, Florence--9
  • Taylor, Laurette--17
  • Toretzka, Ludmilla--9
  • Tozere, Frederic--10
  • Truman, Margaret--16
  • Turleigh, Verno--6
  • Valez, Kay--6
  • Wager, Michael--10
  • Wallach, Eli--9
  • Waters, Ethel--17
  • Webb, Alan--8
  • Weber and Fields--17
  • Welles, Orson--16, 17
  • West, Mae--14
  • Wilder, Thornton--16
  • Williams, Tennessee--15
  • Wynn, Ed--17

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