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[Einstein, Albert] — Josef Scharl [illustrator]
PEN AND INK DRAWING, SIGNED BY EINSTEIN AND SCHOOL, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 9 FEBRUARY 1950
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[Einstein, Albert] — Josef Scharl [illustrator]
PEN AND INK DRAWING, SIGNED BY EINSTEIN AND SCHOOL, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 9 FEBRUARY 1950
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[Einstein, Albert] — Josef Scharl [illustrator]
PEN AND INK DRAWING, SIGNED BY EINSTEIN AND SCHOOL, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 9 FEBRUARY 1950
en and ink on paper (11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.; 292 x 368 mm). SIGNED by EINSTEIN ("A. Einstein") and JOSEF SCHARL ("Jos. Scharl 1950") in black ink in the lower margin, matted; some spotting and toning.    
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A UNIQUE WORK OF ART, SYMPATHETICALLY AND EXPRESSIVELY CAPTURING EINSTEIN’S CHARACTER, SKETCHED BY ONE OF EINSTEIN’S CLOSE AND LONG-TIME FRIENDS.

Einstein and Scharl's friendship stretched back to 1920s Berlin, and when Scharl sought to emigrate to the US after the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein served as his guarantor. Scharl painted and sketched Einstein on a number of occasions, and in 1944 and again in 1946, Einstein sat for Scharl, serving as subject for the latter's oil paintings. In 1950 Scharl made several different pen-and-ink portraits of Einstein, the present image being from that period. In 1966 one of Scharl’s portraits of Einstein was used by the US Postal Service for an Einstein commemorative stamp.

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