Zito (1900–1966) was a talented artist most famous for his caricatures of the celebrities he encountered throughout his life in both Europe and America, primarily working in Paris and Palm Beach. Original sketchbook used by famed caricaturist Vincenzo Maria Zito during the 1930s and 40s while in Paris, measuring approximately 8 x 10.5, containing over 80 caricatures of celebrities and notables, many of them signed by the subject. Signers are: Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Helen Twelvetrees, Jimmy Durante, Alfred Smith, Adolphe Menjou, Jack Donohue, Lester Allen, Harry Rosenthal, William Gaxton, Lili Damita, Irene Bordoni, Winnie Lightner, Joe Cook, George Jessel, Marc Connelly, Mickey Walker, Jack Pearl, Sophie Tucker, E. Ray Goetz, Lillian Roth, Margaret Livingston, Gertrude Lawrence, Alice White, Vivienne Segal, Henry Richman, Paul Whiteman, Helen Morgan, Gracie Allen, Marilyn Miller, Graham McNamee, and Ralph DePalma. Unsigned sketches include: Josephine Baker, Richard Barthelmess, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Charlie Chaplin, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks, Mohandas Gandhi, Greta Garbo, George Gershwin, Walter Hagen, Adolf Hitler, Walter Huston, Emil Jannings, Bobby Jones, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Fritz Kreisler, Thomas Lipton, Ramon Novarro, John Rockefeller, Will Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Horton Smith, Igor Stravinsky, Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Tibbett, Bill Tilden, Rudolph Valentino, and Joe Zelli. Individual pages in fine condition with light toning and chipping; sketchbook cover has separated and binding is loose. Accompanied by a scrapbook containing a few contemporary newspaper articles about Zito and his work. These caricatures are fantastic works of art in themselves and adroitly express the personality of every figure as well as their physical appearance. The full sketchbook is a testament to Zito’s talent as an artist and captures the essence of the era’s popular culture. RR Auction COA.
Vincent Zito Over 80 superb celebrity caricatures