Size: Sheet size 38.5 x 56.5 cm (15 x 22 inches) Please see photo of reverse with pen to give indication of size.
Condition: Very good vintage condition. Some light soiling, light creases.
This very interesting and competent charcoal drawing is of Leslie Hutchinson, known as Hutch, who was one of the biggest cabaret stars of the 1920'3 and 1930's and a very interesting character, who recently formed the basis for the character of Jack Ross in TV's Downton Abbey
The drawing is signed in ink "My congratulations on a really good effort, Hutch 1939". The signature compares well with other Hutch autographs.
The artist is Reginald E Bass (1920-2017), and signed by him in pencil.
Hutch's life and career was incredibly varied and interesting, and further details can easily be found online. Born in Grenada in 1900, he began his career in New York and came to England via Paris. He was reckoned to be bisexual, having affairs with Cole Porter among others, but it was his affair with Edwina, Lady Mountbatten, which cause the greatest scandal and led ultimately to his fall from society, after the Mountbatten sued the tabloid papers. In 1939 however, Hutch was riding high - it was the year he recorded "Begin the Beguine", one of his most famous renditions.
An imposing and interesting item. Will be sent rolled in a cardboard tube.