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Rudy Vallee

Artist
Samuel Johnson Woolf, 12 Feb 1880 - 1948
Sitter
Rudy Vallee, 28 Jul 1901 - 3 Jul 1986
Date
c. 1930
Type
Drawing
Medium
Charcoal and white chalk on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 49.5 × 43.8cm (19 1/2 × 17 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of S.J. Woolf
Object number
NPG.88.TC187
Exhibition Label
Time commissioned this charcoal sketch of singer-actor Rudy Vallee, but it never appeared in print for unknown reasons. Over the years, many unpublished cover artworks accumulated in Time’s storage bins. When this sketch was made, Vallee was enjoying success as a bandleader and radio crooner, and his records were top sellers among the young smart set. He was also just breaking into movies; his filmography runs from 1929 to 1976 and includes such classics as I Remember Mama (1948) and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967). Samuel J. Woolf, who made this drawing, was one of Time’s earliest and most prolific contract artists in the late 1920s and 1930s.
Time encargó este boceto a carboncillo del cantante y actor Rudy Vallee, pero, por motivos desconocidos, nunca lo publicó. A lo largo de los años, muchas obras para portadas que nunca se publicaron fueron acumulándose en los depósitos de Time. Para la fecha de este boceto, Vallee era un exitoso director musical y cantante de baladas en la radio, con discos de gran popularidad entre los jóvenes de sociedad. También empezaba a incursionar en el cine. Su filmografía se extiende desde 1929 hasta 1976 e incluye clásicos como I Remember Mama (1948) y How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1967). Samuel J. Woolf, autor de este dibujo, fue uno de los primeros y más prolíficos artistas contratados por Time a finales de los años veinte y en los treinta.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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