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William Sharp

Born in Lemberg, Austria, Sharp studied art in Austria and Poland and finished at the University of Berlin in 1918. While in Berlin he worked as a book illustrator, painter, etcher, lithographer, and did courtroom trial sketches and magazine work. He was forced to leave Germany due to his satirical cartoons and drawings for various publications denouncing the Nazi regime and Adolf Hitler. Arriving in New York in the 1930's, Sharp was recognized as an excellent courtroom trial illustrator, sketching some of the outstanding trials of the 1940's and 1950's. Some of these were the Lindbergh kidnapping, Alger Hiss, the Brinks Robbery, Tokyo Rose, and others. He also did some outstanding illustrations of jazz musicians from the 1950's for various national magazines. Known for his detailed work as a book illustrator, Sharp was sought after by many publishers such as The Limited Editions Club and the Heritage Book Club. One of his many fine works was illustrating, The Wall, by John Hersey for The Limited Editions Club. William Sharp's work is represented in many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the Carnegie Institute. Reference: The Queens Museum of Art Exhibit, The Pointed Pen, William Sharp's Courtroom Drawings, Political Caricatures, and Book Illustrations from the 1930-1950's. Valerie Smith, Curator, 2003.



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William Sharp

Austrian-American (1900-1961)
Jam Session
21 x 15 in.

Lithograph printed in color, 1940, edition 11/250. Signed and numbered in pencil. The image depicts "Sweet" Emma Barrett and her New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band.


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