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Addams, Charles
AN ORIGINAL, UNTITLED CARTOON FOR THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, SIGNED, AND DATED 16 NOVEMBER 1957 
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LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
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Addams, Charles
AN ORIGINAL, UNTITLED CARTOON FOR THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, SIGNED, AND DATED 16 NOVEMBER 1957 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
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Addams, Charles
AN ORIGINAL, UNTITLED CARTOON FOR THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, SIGNED, AND DATED 16 NOVEMBER 1957 
Drawing board (19 3/4 x 16 1/8 in.; 501 x 409 mm). Watercolor, ink, and wash on white Whatman paper drawing board, signed by Addams in ink and dated ("11\16\57") in pencil, reverse of board with New Yorker Magazine stamps; some minor marginal toning and fingersoiling. Laid onto white matboard with hinged mat; some foxing.   
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Catalogue Note

The present cartoon appeared in the New Yorker magazine on the 16th of November 1957 (pg. 58).  In addition to his contribution to the magazine, Charles Addams was perhaps best known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters, some of whom became known as The Addams Family. In a 2010 interview, Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of the New Yorker, addressed the characteristically dark nature of Addams's work, as exemplified in the present cartoon: "I think his influence extends beyond the horror genre, to humor not as a comforting 'laughter is the best medicine' anodyne but as something deeply skeptical of the purported values of middle-class American life. By making us laugh at, and with, his fiendish protagonists, he makes us temporarily share their values, and doubt our own." 

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