DescriptionCharles Gates Sheldon (1889-1960) Original Illustration (c.1928).
Broadway star Helen Menken, most likely a full-page interior illustration in a theatrical or similar entertainment periodical of the period. The illustration is titled Courage, and in the upper left corner "Helen Menken as Diane" is noted, referring to her role in the play "Seventh Heaven," which she portrayed to great acclaim several times in her career.
Charcoal on board, image size approximately 25 x 19. Signed lower right.
Over 30 model photos of Menken from Charles Sheldon's personal photo reference library are included.
There are cracks to the outer edge of the board (one, upper left corner, goes through the "Helen Menken as Diane" text; another, about middle right is mended on the verso) and one minor puncture in the board (lower right). They do not affect the main image area.
keywords: illustrator, drawing, theatre, stage, romance, drama, first wife Humphrey Bogart
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