George V. Denny Jr. (1899-1958)

Object Number: 
2009.46
Medium: 
Charcoal heightened with white chalk on buff paper
Dimensions: 
Paper: 23 5/8 x 19 1/8 in. (60 x 48.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower right: "4 7/8 x 9"
Gallery Label: 
Denny was the moderator of an important early radio program entitled "America's Town Meeting of the Air," which was broadcast live from New York City's Town Hall from 1935 to 1956. One of America's first talk shows, it began as a six-week experiment on NBC. The show's introduction tried to evoke the ambiance of America's old town meetings. Denny wrote that it was "…a device which is designed to attract [the average American's] attention and stimulate his [sic] interest in the complex economic, social and political problems which he must have a hand in solving." As Woolf frequently had his subjects do, the drawing is autographed by Denny at the lower center as further testimony to the fact that it was indeed executed from life.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group