Thursday, April 13, 2017

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) PRE-PRODUCTION DRAWING


There are a few actors in the long history of horror films that were oddly cast in their roles. One is Charles Laughton's Quasimodo. Opposite Maureen O'Hara (personally, I liked Gina Lollobrigida's Esmeralda the best), the 1939 version showed that Laughton could play a monster like the next guy.

The images shown here are of a pre-production drawing for the film rendered in gouache and pencil by Joseph Hayse Goodwin, a Hollywood sketch artist of the time.




An Original Pre-Production Set Drawing from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." RKO Radio Pictures, 1939. Rendered in gouache and pencil on cardboard, depicting an elaborate, detailed, and eerie town scene as a small figure wearing a red jacket crosses a bridge, signed in the lower right corner "J. Hayse / Goodwin;" verso displays handdrawn penciled lines with a further signed "Hayse Goodwin" -- a Hollywood sketch artist who worked on this classic film starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara; from The Estate of Joseph Hayse Goodwin as consigned by his family. (Please note there is a 2" diagonal tear in the upper left corner and all borders are slightly frayed due to age.)
22" x 22".

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