A watercolor caricature of Stan Laurel, by famed actor turned artist, Don Barlcay (1892-1975). Don started with Sennett in 1915, later joining Hal Roach in the early 1920s, where the two men met and co-starred together. Don often sketched on set, between shots. He did Broadway, and then returned to Hollywood in the 1930s, being John Wayne's sidekick in I COVER THE WAR, followed up by parts in dozens of other pictures. During the War, he toured with the USO drawing thousands of caricatures of servicemen. When he returned, he became Disney's good luck charm and did voice work, as well as live appearances such as 'Mr Binnacle' in MARY POPPINS. He also made a fine set of celebrity mugs of the winners and participants of the 1946 Academy Awards, and a few of stars he worked with during the USO trips. Bob Hope collected the set.
The painting comes from the estate of Alan Marston (1914-2010) actor and author friend of Barclay, whose film credits are remarkable, from SUNSET BLVD to STAR TREK.
Stan, also had a Barclay painting at the time of his death, as a clown, which was sold at his CHRISTIE'S estate sale.