Two Women Admiring Will Rogers

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William Penn Adair Rogers was an American stage and film actor and vaudeville performer. In the mid-1930s, Rogers was hugely popular in the United States for his leading political wit and was the highest paid of Hollywood film stars. Rogers made 48 silent movies, and appeared in 21 feature films alongside such performers as Lew Ayres, Billie Burke, Richard Cromwell, Jane Darwell, Andy Devine, Hattie McDaniel and more. *female subjects unidentified

A Tour of Hollywood | Drawings by Thomas Hart Benton

“Some while back [in 1937], Thomas Benton, the highly-rated American artist, was despatched to the West Coast to paint a composite picture of life in Hollywood. The half-dozen drawings reproduced in this portfolio are among the by-products of that mission to Hollywood. They range from sketches on the spot to labored elaborations of sketches. The artist’s base of operations was the couch in the luxuriously appointed office of Raymond Griffith, one of the producers for 20th Century Fox. From this couch he made forays into the vast departmentalized domain that is a major moving picture studio, and also a little beyond.” – Harry Salpeter, A Tour of Hollywood: Drawings by Thomas Hart Benton

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