October 20, 2019

PICTURES OF THE DAY: The Artist Studio

Today's pictures depict an artist and model in the artist's Tudor City studio in 1937, and were made by the Wurts Brothers, the photography studio profiled earlier. The photographer experiments with different lighting effects (the Venetian blinds either down or up), while the model tries to look as blonde as possible.

In its early years, Tudor City was a magnet for illustrators, mainly because it was close to their customers: the ad agencies along 42nd Street, and the nearby Daily News and Daily Mirror offices. The enclave was especially popular with cartoonists, everyone from Will Eisner and Milton Caniff to C.D. Batchelor and Dale Messick.

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