Portraits of George Burns (1896-1996) and Gracie Allen (1895-1964)
Graphite on notepad paper
Overall: 7 x 5 in. ( 17.8 x 12.7 cm )
signature and date: lower left: "Wm.H.Walker / DUTCH TREAT CLUB / OCT-26 '37" inscriptions: lower right: "Gracie Allen / George Burns"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Wm. H. Walker / DUTCH TREAT CLUB / OCT-26'' '37"; signed by both sitters at lower right: "Gracie Allen / George Burns"
Burns and Allen became a comedy team in 1923. Burns made his mark on American comedy with his wry, acerbic humor, while Allen perfected her "dizzy" persona, playing the "straight man" opposite her husband. They appeared together in vaudeville and on radio and television.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
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