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Sam Norkin
Meryl Streep John Lithgow "Secret Service" 1976 Off Broadway Theatre Caricature




Meryl Streep, John Lithgow and others starred in the Phoenix Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of "Secret Service." This original 14 x 29 inch drawing by Sam Norkin was published in the New York Daily news on April 11, 1976. Samuel Norkin (1917-2011) was a Brooklyn, New York-born cartoonist who specialized in theatre caricatures for more than seven decades. His drawings of theatre, opera, ballet and film celebrities appeared in Variety, Backstage, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and many other publications. Norkin learned composition and anatomy from the muralist Mordi Gassner. He received a scholarship to the Metropolitan Art School after his high school graduation, and he later attended Cooper Union, the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the School of Fine and Industrial Art. During the 1940s, newspaper editors wanted to devote more space to new theatrical productions, but photo opportunities usually did not happen until a show opened. Norkin took advantage of the situation and gained access to rehearsals, performers, costume sketches, fittings and scenic designs, providing editors with illustrations prior to an opening. From 1940 to 1956, his theatrical illustrations were a regular feature in the New York Herald Tribune. Then for the next 26 years, he covered the performing arts for the Daily News. Since 1940, Norkin has had more than 4000 drawings published. This work is not framed.


  • Creator
    Sam Norkin (1917 - 2011)
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  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
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    1stDibs: LU115625431771

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