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Leo Cotton Drawing Of Actress Dorothy MacKaye
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Leo Cotton Drawing Of Actress Dorothy MacKaye

By Cotton, Leo

Los Angeles, 1927; Original Leo Cotton pen and ink drawing of Dorothy MacKaye, notorious actress at the center of the scandal that rocked Hollywood in 1927 when her husband, musical comedy star Ray Raymond, was beaten to death by popular actor Paul Kelly, with whom she was involved in a love triangle. While serving time in San Quentin for her part in the crime, MacKaye wrote "Women In Prison," which in 1933 was made into the Warner Bros. film "Ladies They Talk About," starring Barbara Stanwyck and Preston Foster, and remade in 1942 as "Lady Gangster," with Faye Emerson and Jackie Gleason. Artist Leo Cotton (1880-1946) was longtime art director of the Los Angeles Examiner, and his illustrations for years were a popular part of the newspaper’s format. In the fine arts arena Cotton is known and valued for his paintings of the California landscape, in particular for his canvases of the Palm Springs desert region. Drawn on heavy stock and dated on the back 5-29-27, at the time of the trial. Signed by the artist at lower right. An original drawing from Examiner archives, not a reproduction. Hinged and matted acid free, ready for framing. Full matted size 14" x 17", image area 6" x 10", paper size 9" x 12". A telling portrait of the accused actress, caught in an enigmatic gaze, reflecting the overall mood of the case and trial. Fine condition.

$250.00

Original 1839 Drawing Of A Scene On The Susquehanna River, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, With Handwritten Poem
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Original 1839 Drawing Of A Scene On The Susquehanna River, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, With Handwritten Poem

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Lebanon, PA, 1839; Original quill and ink drawing entitled "A Scene On The Susquehanna, Lancaster Co., Pa.," adjoining a handwritten poem describing the artist’s first meeting with his sweetheart on the river’s banks. Initialed by the author at lower right, with a notation reading, "by request of N.S., Lebanon." A leaf from the 1839 friendship album of Miss Rachel Toby of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Attractively matted and framed entirely acid-free, ready for hanging. Sheet size 6 3/8" x 7 5/8", image size 6" x 6 1/4", full matted size 10"x 10". Fine condition. An enchanting piece of Americana.

$50.00