“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Al Hirschfeld

1903 - 2003


20th Century Master of Caricature Residence and Studio

Al Hirschfeld Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. Al Hirschfeld Marker
Inscription.  In more than 10,000 drawings, Hirschfeld chronicled the celebrity culture of the century. A self-described "characterist," his linear calligraphic work of performers, on stage and screen, appeared in virtually every publication, including a 75 year relationship with The New York Times. He claimed his goal was to take the character, created by the playwright and portrayed by the actor, and reinvent it for the reader.
Erected 2006 by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions marker series.
Location. 40° 47.121′ N, 73° 57.145′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East 95th Street east of Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 East 95th Street, New York NY 10128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W.T. Stead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Church of the Heavenly Rest (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Lou Gehrig (approx.
Al Hirschfeld Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. Al Hirschfeld Marker - Wide View
0.3 miles away); In Memory of John Purroy Mitchel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marian Anderson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arthur Brisbane (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1025 Park Avenue (approx. half a mile away); The New York Academy of Medicine (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Al Hirschfeld, 99, Dies; He Drew Broadway (New York Times, January 21, 2003). Al Hirschfeld, whose inimitable caricatures captured the vivid personalities of theater people and their performances for more than 75 years, died at his home in Manhattan yesterday. He was 99.

To be the subject of a Hirschfeld drawing endowed one with a special cachet. To find the word ''Nina,'' the name of his daughter, hidden several times in the lines of his caricatures, was a weekend pastime for millions of readers. Next to his signature he put the number of ''Ninas'' in his drawings, creating a sort of pleasurable Sunday game for his admirers....
(Submitted on October 10, 2016.) 

2. Hirschfeld (Al Hirschfeld Foundation). The Al Hirschfeld Foundation presents
<i>Portrait of Alfred Hirschfeld, caricaturist</i> image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Vechten, June 28, 1955
3. Portrait of Alfred Hirschfeld, caricaturist
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
a wide selection of his work. (Submitted on October 10, 2016.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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