[Barbirolli, John. (1899–1970)] Norkin, Sam. (1917–2011)
Original caricature of the important British conductor, signed by the noted American illustrator and caricaturist Sam Norkin. Barbirolli is depicted conducting in concert dress, during his time as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1936–1943). Black and white ink on card, with pencil caption at the foot. Some light toning and wear; overall fine. 9.5 x 13.5 inches (24 x 33 cm).
New York-born cartoonist Samuel Norkin specialized in theater and arts caricatures for more than seven decades. His drawings of theater, 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. He is best-known for his long tenure providing theatrical illustrations for the New York Herald Tribune (1940–1956) and covering performing arts for the Daily News (from the 1950's to the 1980's.) His highly engaging drawings have been said to "metaphorically grab the reader-onlooker by the shoulders." Because Norkin would draw the performers in rehearsal, his caricatures often served as an effective advance press for shows as they went on the pre-Broadway circuit.