Bowl Mural Study
John Decker, 1941
Gouache, watercolor, silver paint, ink, and pencil on board.
John Decker (1895-1947), about whom playwright Ben Hecht once wrote
"[He] is a man who paints everything ...", created a set
of four caricature murals for the Wilshire Bowl Restaurant. They
were installed on September 1941 to accompany a cabaret production
about the golden age of film entitled "The Silver Screen".
The actors, from left, are Bob Hope, Joe E. Brown, Charles Winninger,
Charles Boyer, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Humphrey
Bogart, W.C.Fields, Mae West, and George Arliss.
Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,
Wendy Wick Reaves, Celebrity Caricature in America
(New Haven 1998)
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