Portrait of Ethel Merman (1909-1984)
Graphite on notepad paper
Overall: 7 x 5 in. ( 17.8 x 12.7 cm )
inscription and date: lower left: "Dutch Treat Club / Nov 10/36" inscriptions: lower center: "Sincerely / Ethel Merman" and lower right: "ETHEL MERMAN / Red, Hot & Blue"
Inscribed along lower edge: "Dutch Treat Club / Nov 10/36 / ETHEL MERMAN / Red. Hot & Blue"; signed by sitter at lower center: "Sincerely / Ethel Merman"
Famous for her deep, powerful singing voice and comic abilities, Merman began performing on stage with Jimmy Durante in the 1920s. She continued to perform on stage and in movies and television until her death in 1984.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
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