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Artist:
Edward Sorel, born 1929  Search this
Sitter:
Frank Sinatra, 12 Dec 1915 - 14 May 1998  Search this
Medium:
Ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 61 × 46 cm (24 × 18 1/8")
Mount: 65.5 × 51.5 cm (25 13/16 × 20 1/4")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1966
Exhibition Label:
Born Hoboken, New Jersey
Singer-actor Frank Sinatra, one of the most dominant American entertainers of the twentieth century, was a teen idol crooner in his twenties and a critical success in his thirties. After launching an Oscar-winning film career, reviving his reputation as a singer after a slump, and gaining “rat pack” celebrity, he was, by age fifty, a cultural icon. Ed Sorel’s drawing of Sinatra, depicting the singer at a peak moment of popularity and influence, appeared on the cover of the April 1966 issue of Esquire magazine. It accompanied Gay Talese’s article, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” a celebrated example of “New Journalism” that described the extensive entourage that enabled his recordings and his concert, nightclub, radio, television, and film appearances. “A Sinatra with a cold,” Talese argued, “can, in a small way, send vibrations through the entertainment industry and beyond.”
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Male  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Oscar  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Frank Sinatra: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2013.47
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Edward Sorel
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4dacbab66-d941-4578-8b84-21de0babb36f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2013.47