JOHN RAITT - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LIONEL BARRYMORE - HFSID 295180
Sale Price $637.50
JOHN RAITT and LIONEL BARRYMOREOriginal portrait of Barrymore, drawn by John Raitt, signed by both! Original Art signed: "Sincerely/Lionel Barrymore", "John Raitt". B/w, 5¼x8. Barrymore has signed in blue ink, Raitt with the same pencil used for the portrait. LIONEL BARRYMORE (1878-1954) was the older brother of Ethel (1879-1959) and John (1882-1942) Barrymore. Abandoning his dreams for a career as an artist for acting, Lionel, who became a character actor rather than a leading man like his brother, won the 1930-1931 Academy Award for A Free Soul and was nominated for the 1928-1929 Academy Award for Best Director for Madame X. Despite openly professing a loathing for the acting profession, Barrymore appeared in a number of films, giving acclaimed performances in Peter Ibbetson (1917) and The Copperhead (1920), and winning great popularity as Dr. Gillespie in a number of popular "Dr. Kildare" films (1938-1947). His other film credits include Grand Hotel (1932), David Copperfield (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Duel in the Sun (1946), Key Largo (1948) and Down to the Sea in Ships (1949). Barrymore was also known for his annual radio appearances as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. While in college in the 1930s, JOHN RAITT began drawing portraits of famous people. He sent his artwork to each subject with a request that it be autographed and returned to him. Adhesive residue on corners. Creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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