BURRIS JENKINS JR. Original Newspaper Courtroom Art SAM SHEPPARD Fugitive Trial

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 14, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House

Greetings. You are bidding on a group of thirty three (33) original pencil, charcoal, and pen & ink illustrations, drawing and sketches by the legendary editorial cartoonist and illustrator BURRIS JENKINS, Jr. The art features courtroom illustrations made by Jenkins during the murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard. The trial was held in Cleveland, Ohio in late 1954.

Description : These illustrations are NOT a copy or stat or proof. This is the original art, drawn (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink) by Burris Jenkins, Jr. His wonderful technique is on rare display with this collection of courtroom illustrations, drawings and sketches, many of which were published in the New York Journal-American (and other Hearst syndicate papers) in 1954.

Here are the handsome masterworks which are included in this collection:

1. “Locale – As the Curtain Rises”. 11” x 10.25” pencil and charcoal portrait illustration of Sam Sheppard with 4 smaller pen illustrations of the Sheppard home surrounding. Signed “Burris Jenkins Jr.” Irregular edges; crease below art; smudges to margins. Wonderful piece.

2. “Scene Two”. 11.75” x 10” pencil and charcoal portrait illustration of Marilyn Sheppard with 3-4 smaller pen illustrations of the Sheppard home surrounding. Signed. Couple of minor spots to art.

3. Jury selection pencil and charcoal illustration including portraits of Dr. Sheppard, 2 lawyers, 7 prospective jurors. 13.5” x 8.5”. Signed. Very clean piece.

4. Pen illustration of Mrs. Mancini, 2 nd alternate juror. 8” x 5”. Unsigned.

5. Pen illustration of Jack Hansen, 1 st alternate juror. 8” x 5”. Unsigned. Upper corners missing.

6. Pencil sketch of Dr. Sheppard (2 portrait ‘bust’ shots). Unsigned. 6” x 5.25”.

7. Pencil and charcoal drawing of Marilyn Sheppard’s hands. Captioned. Signed. Irregular edges. 6” X 5.5”.

8. “Phantom In The Court Room!” 14.25” x 7” pencil and charcoal portrait illustraton of Bay Village Police Chief Eaton with ominous figure of the “bushy haired man” in the background. Smaller pen illustration of locked window below. Signed. Two rust colored lines across art. Very well done moody piece.

9. “The Forgotten Man”. 13.5” x 9” pencil and charcoal illustrations of the lawyers and judge reading legal texts. Dr. Sheppard sits at table at bottom. Signed. Great caricature portraits of the legal teams.

10. Pencil and charcoal illustration (3 images) of the attorneys making their opening statements (Mahon for state; Garmone for defense) and the coroners slides showing head wounds. 13.5” x 8.75”. Unsigned (looks like signature was cut from bottom center of art). Engraving order tag on reverse.

11. Pencil and charcoal illustration, 12” x 8.5” of witness Hooverstein, Grabowski (fingerprint expert) and Deputy Sheriff Rossback being examined by attorneys. Small pen illustration at bottom of barber shop (all bushy haired men were apparently getting haircuts). Signed. Two large creases through paper (and art).

12. “Doctors Disagree”. Pencil and charcoal illustration of defense attorney Corrigan cross-examining the County Coroner, Dr. Gerber. Smaller illustrations of Dr. Steve, Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Gerber surround. 13.75” x 8.5”. Signed. Remnant of engraving order tag on reverse.

13. “Sam’s Thanksgiving”. Pencil and charcoal illustration of a yawning Sam Sheppard. Smaller illustrations of witnesses Henry Dombrowski, John Tronti, Arthur Beird, Jerry Schumacher, Bill Halenkamp and Susan Hayes. 13.5” x 11”. Signed. Small are cut out at bottom right corner. Remnant of engraving order tag on reverse.

14. Pencil and charcoal illustration of Mrs. Houk seated in witness stand. 6.5” square. Unsigned. Engraving order tag on reverse.

15. Pencil and charcoal illustration of attorney Corrigan examining Mrs. Houk. 8” x 6.5”. Unsigned.

16. “Kindly Dr. Sam?” Charcoal portrait illustration of witness Tom Weigle (Marilyn Sheppard’s cousin). Surrounded by smaller pen illustrations of Sam spanking his s...