Original hand drawn cartoon by Claude Smith published in the New Yorker on October 30, 1948.
Claude's work was ubiquitous in the New Yorker in the 40s and 50s. This "sans caption' piece is emblematic of Claude's unique ability to capture subtle expressions with simple, clean lines.
India ink on 11" x 13.5" paper of unknown type. The top third of reverse side of the piece is glued to a protective flip-over cover and some staining from the adhesive is visible through the front of the paper, but it has minimal impact on the image itself. Claude's handwritten endorsement to a friend, Larry La Barr, appears below his signature, but it is low enough that it may be cropped out with appropriate framing (see cropped image). New Yorker copyright stamp and production markings appear on the reverse side. Overall, very good condition, and a great collectible for the performance musician in your life.