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Roulette At the El San Juan Casino

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003)


Signed 'hirschfeld 3'

Pen and ink

30 ¼ x 22 inches

Advertisement For El San Juan Hotel, First Published Circa 1970

'The Illustrators. the British Art of Illustration
1900-2016', November 2016-January 2017, No 116

This illustration was drawn as part of an advertising campaign for the El San Juan Hotel and Casino, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Published between 1964 and 1973, the advertisements not only show off the sun, water sports and fine dining on offer at the Puerto Rican resort, but also the entertainment. Al Hirschfeld immortalised many of the stars who sang and performed at the El San Juan Hotel during this period, including Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis Jnr, Robert Goulet, B B King and Liza Minelli.

In this image, Al Hirschfeld promotes the El San Juan Hotel's celebrated casino. The figure of Woody Allen at the roulette table is possibly linked to his appearance in the 1970 film Bananas, which was partly filmed in Puerto Rico. Other recognisable figures include Noel Coward, Al Hirschfeld himself and his wife, Dolly, who can be seen sitting at the end of the table.

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