Extent: 28 objects
Artist Martha Sawyers (1902-1988) was born in Cuero, Texas. She moved to New York City after high school and took classes at New York Art Students League. There she met her future husband, William Reusswig, a fellow artist. For most of their working lives the couple made New York City their permanent residence in the United States. Ms. Sawyers got her start producing illustrations of popular stage and film stars for newspapers and magazines. Her first gallery show was in 1937 at the Marie Sterner Gallery in New York City. An avid traveler, Ms. Sawyers is best known for her drawings of Asia and the South Pacific, particularly posters advocating Chinese war relief during World War II. She was a war correspondent for Colliers during the war and produced other propaganda posters. She and Reusswig co-wrote and illustrated books on Asia and the South Pacific.
Scope and Content
This collection contains 28 drawings of theater and film personalities by Martha Sawyers. The works are done primarily in pastel and pencil and were created for the New York Herald Tribune Theatrical Section and Stage Magazine, ca. 1930-1935. Subjects include Helen Hayes, Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Gish, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Cornell.