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Illustration Art, Myrna Loy and Donald Woods, Central Park Carriage, by Phil Berry, Vintage Watercolor, c. 1962

$475

Phil Berry (fl. Mid 20th Century)
[Myrna Loy and Donald Woods in Horse-Drawn Carriage]
American: c. 1962
Gouache on illustration board
Signed lower mid left
Inscribed verso in another hand: Donald Woods with Myrna Loy, No. 103
15 x 15.5 inches, approximate image size
17.5 x 21.75 inches, overall
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Original illustration art of the actors Myrna Loy and Donald Woods in a tender scene set in a horse-drawn carriage, possibly in New York’s Central Park. The two co-starred in the play There Must Be a Pony in 1962, which was based on a novel by James Kirkwood. Loy played an actress with a chaotic personal life and stagnant career who meets a handsome stockbroker who promises to bring stability and help her heal her turbulent relationship with her teenaged son. This illustration plausibly could represent a scene from that play, though it is untitled.

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Original illustration art of the actors Myrna Loy and Donald Woods in a tender scene set in a horse-drawn carriage, possibly in New York’s Central Park. The two co-starred in the play There Must Be a Pony in 1962, which was based on a novel by James Kirkwood. Loy played an actress with a chaotic personal life and stagnant career who meets a handsome stockbroker who promises to bring stability and help her heal her turbulent relationship with her teenaged son. This illustration plausibly could represent a scene from that play, though it is untitled.

Myrna Loy (1905-1993) was a prominent actress on stage and screen whose unusually long movie career spanned from 1925 to 1980, and she co-starred with many of the major leading men of her era. She also actively assisted causes she believed in, working for the Red Cross during World War II, helping to form the Committee for the First Amendment to counter the growing power of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, serving a three-year term on the National Commission for UNESCO beginning in 1950, and as a founding member of the non-profit American Place Theatre in the early 1960s.

Donald Woods (1906-1998) was another prolific actor who got his start after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, and began acting in films in 1928. He generally played supporting and character roles in westerns, mysteries and B-movies, referring to himself as the “King of the B’s.” His long list of film and television credits includes 75 films,150 TV programs, and nearly 100 stage productions over 40 years. In the 1950s and ’60s, he also played a number of television roles including a recurring part on the sitcom Tammy.

Phil Berry was an illustrator and cartoonist based in New York City and a member of the Society of Illustrators. His known works for the theatre and movies generally portray the actors in romantic settings or poses, and are characterized by bright colors and a straightforward illustrational style.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall toning, wear, soiling. Corners bumped with some minor losses restored, margins with some extraneous markings and few pinholes, as expected for working illustration art; these minor defects generally can be matted out.

References:

“Donald Woods.” Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940579/ (25 January 2007)

“Myrna Loy.” Internet Accuracy Project. http://www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Loy,Myrna.html (25 January 2007).

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20th Century