Author: [GERSHWIN, George]. SHAW, Charles G. ARNO, Peter (Illustrator)
Publisher: New York, Henry Holt and Company,1928
First edition, inscribed by the author to one of the subjects of the book, George Gershwin “To George Gershwin with all best wishes from Charles G Shaw. March 15 1928”.
The Low-Down is a series of character portraits by Charles Green Shaw. Each essay is prefaced with a black and white caricature by Peter Arno. Apart from Gershwin, subjects include Clarence Darrow, H.L. Mencken, Lillian Gish, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anita Loos, Sinclair Lewis and Cornelius Vandebilt Jr.
8vo., original cloth lettered in blue on spine with illustration of Anita Loos by Arno in blue and black on upper board. A very good copy.
This collection of profiles of noted personalities of the 1920s in American is lively and breezily written and spiced with drawn portraits of each of the subjects by noted New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno.
Charles Green Shaw (1 May 1892 – 2 April 1974) was an American painter and writer.
A significant figure in American abstract art, Shaw enjoyed a varied career as a writer and illustrator, poet, modernist painter, and collector. Born to a wealthy family and orphaned at a young age, Charles and his twin brother were raised by their uncle, Frank D. Shaw. At age nine, he was already an avid painter and had illustrated his first book, The Costumes of Nations. He also wrote and illustrated the children's book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, published in 1947. Shaw graduated from Yale in 1914, where he contributed artwork to campus humour magazine The Yale Record. At Yale, he was also a member of the St. Anthony Hall aka Delta Psi Fraternity , and completed a year of architectural studies at Columbia University. He worked as a freelance writer for The New Yorker, The Smart Set, and Vanity Fair, where his focus was the 1920s theatre and café society. In 1927, Shaw enrolled in Thomas Hart Benton's class at the Art Students League of New York. He also studied privately with George Luks. Shaw’s work is part of most major collections of American Art, including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Corcoran Gallery.
As a founding member of the American Abstract Artists Shaw participated in the first annual exhibition. His article, A Word to the Objector, was included in the group's first publication.