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The Sun is 93 million miles away from most places. At El San Juan Hotel it's yours for the basking

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003)



Pen and ink

14 ¼ x 16 ½ inches

Advertisement for El San Juan Hotel, first published 1 April 1970

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1900-2016', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2016-January 2017, No 115

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.

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