Scope and arrangement
The Sardi's (N.Y.) caricatures contain drawings that were displayed on the walls of the Sardi's restaurant from the first drawing of Alex Gard in the late 1920's (of Ted Healy) until the caricatures of Don Bevan, who retired in 1974. The Don Bevan drawings extend only from the 1940's into the very early 1950's. Therefore, the caricatures represent a cross-section of the first two and a half decades of Sardi's restaurant and the three caricaturists that exemplify that period.
The caricatures are predominantly, but not exclusively, from the field of performing arts. This includes music, film, theater, and dance. The drawings can range from performers to press agents and managers to writers. A few people from outside the performing arts field, such as Al Capp and Helen Keller, are also represented. The common factor among all the objects of the caricatures is that they all must have eaten at Sardi's.
The collection of caricatures given to the Billy Rose Theater Collection only represents a portion of the caricatures created during this period and the remainder remains with Sardi's.
The Sardi's (Restaurant) caricatures are arranged in three series:
- 214 caricatures (6 boxes)
This series consists of a portion of caricatures drawn by Alex Gard during his time as the first official caricaturist for Sardi's restaurant. Included are such celebrities as Tamara Geva, D.W. Griffith, Texas Guinan, Lorenz Hart, George Jessel, Helen Keller, Peter Lorre, Bessie Love, Paul Muni, and Tito Schipa.
- 2 caricatures (1 box)
This series consists of two caricatures from John Mackey's brief time as Sardi's caricaturist. The images are of Alfred Drake and Arthur Margetson.
- 11 caricatures (1 box)
This series consists of caricatures from the early period of Don Bevan's work as the official Sardi's caricaturist. Images within this series include such personalities as Al Capp, Arthur Murray, Ed Sullivan and Paula Wayne.