Rare original Hilary Knight watercolor portrait of Kiss me Kate star Lisa Kirk performing at the Waldorf Astoria in 1950

  • Original Hilary Knight Lisa Kirk Watercolor Portrait.

Original Hilary Knight Lisa Kirk Watercolor Portrait.

$3,200.00

Item Number: 95365

1950.

Rare original Hilary Knight watercolor portrait of Kiss Me Kate Star Lisa Kirk performing at the Waldorf Astoria in 1950. Knight designed the glove for Kirk for her opener in the Waldorf’s swank Wedgewood Room which featured a slightly blue but clever parody of the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden into tasting the forbidden fruit using a long green glove. The act was received warmly by the audience. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable.

American writer and artist Hilary Knight illustrated more that 50 books and authored nine. He became best known as the illustrator for Kay Thompson's Eloise series and also created original artwork for a variety of clients including greeting cards, fashion advertisements, record albums and posters for Broadway musicals. Early in his career, Knight painted murals in private homes and entered the field of magazine illustration starting with Mademoiselle in 1952, followed by House & Garden, Gourmet, McCalls, and Woman's Home Companion among others.

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