A Map of Greenwich Village
Tony Sarg Pictorial Map

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Tony Sarg (1880-1942) (after)
A Map of Greenwich Village
Central Savings Bank, New York: 1934
Color offset process print
13.75 x 10.5 inches, image
15.25 x 12 inches, overall
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Pictorial map of Greenwich Village in New York City with illustrations of notable buildings and sites, such as the Salmagundi Club, the Washington Square Arch and New York University. A key below the cartouche provides a guide to the locations of various restaurants, stores, bars, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at its former West 8th Street location. Portraits of Mark Twain and Washington Irving, former Greenwich Village residents, appear in the lower margin. People shown in various activities include artists painting, a woman shopping, and performers in Union Square.

This map was produced as a promotion for Central Savings Bank on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. The bank is featured prominently on the map in Union Square. Additional promotional material printed on the back invited potential customers to become “one of its 207,000” depositors.

Tony (Anthony Frederick) Sarg was a designer, decorator, cartoonist, illustrator, sculptor, writer and lecturer. His most important contribution to American art was as a puppeteer, reviving marionette theatre in North America. Born in Guatemala to a German father and English mother, Sarg began his career in the German military, resigning his commission in 1905 and moving to England. There he met and married an American woman; they moved to New York City in 1915. He became a U.S. citizen in 1920. He was an illustration artist for various publications including the Saturday Evening Post. In 1917, he began to create marionettes and motion picture shadowgraph productions. Sarg mentored the famous puppeteer Bil Baird, and together they designed and built tethered helium-filled balloons for the Macy's department store's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1928. With Baird, Sarg also created designs for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Then Baird left to form his own competing studio. From 1935 until his death in 1942, Sarg designed Macy's elaborate animated window display for the holiday season. A member of the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Illustrators, Sarg also was the author and illustrator of several books for children, and designed ingenious toys and puzzles. His pictorial maps include a map of Greenwich Village and the New York 1939 Official World’s Fair Pictorial Map. He also made a pictorial map of Nantucket, where he owned a home and was active in its civic life. Today, the Nantucket Historical Association has a major collection of his work.

References:

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 542.

"Tony Sarg." Wikipedia. 12 July 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Sarg (10 October 2005).

"Tony Sarg in Nantucket." Nantucket Historical Association. 16 October 2004. http://www.nha.org/digitalexhibits/sarg/sargbiography.html (10 October 2005).


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