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Drawing by William Sharp

Object | Accession Number: 1995.132.58

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    Drawing by William Sharp


    creation:  approximately 1930-1945
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Harold Shachner
    Recto: at center, upper edge, in graphite "4 3/4" with crop marks on either side; lower edge center, in graphite, "DROP OUT WHITES"--to right, "P20" and something else that has been crossed out, in graphite--above this, "P20" ans hasn't been crossed out, in graphite; to right of that, "P24" in graphite, crossed out; lower right quadrant, purple publishers stamp reading, "N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE / SIZE (in graphite, "hue (?)"). Verso: in blue ink, date stamp in top left quadrant, reading "APR 22 1945"; lower right corner, "72" in graphite
    lower right of image, "WS" in ink. Verso: upper left corner, upside down.
    Artist: William Sharp
    Leon Schleifer was born in 1900 in Germany. He served in the German army at the end of World War I (1914-1918). He became a political cartoonist and his work was published in the anti-Nazi press. He also specialized in courtroom trial sketches. After the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, Schliefer emigrated to the United States. He changed his name to William Sharp and continued his career as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator. His work was published in the New York Times, Life Magazine, and other publications. He died in 1961, age sixty-one years.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Drawing (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Image of a Nazi Soldier with his hands up in surrender. Scene in background is buildings in ruins, a white flag on one of the houses in the background.
    overall: Height: 11.620 inches (29.515 cm) | Width: 14.620 inches (37.135 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, graphite, tempera

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    Administrative Notes

    The drawing was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Harold Shachner.
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    2022-07-28 18:22:41
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