Charles Ellsworth (Pee Wee) Russell (American; 1906 – 1969)
Catch a Tiger By the Tail, 1967
Oil on canvas
Signed to lower right
An abstract oil painting titled Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Charles Ellsworth (1906 – 1969), better known as jazz clarinetist “Pee Wee” Russell. The painting is an abstraction of shape and color that reflects a vision of Mr. Ellsworth’s formative years growing up in Muskogee, Alabama. The work is signed and dated to the lower left and is presented in a wooden frame.
Collection of Jack Bradley Estate
Jack Bradley served as the personal photographer for Louis Armstrong from 1959-1971 and was immersed in the national Jazz scene during those decades. He amassed a vast collection of jazz memorabilia, including records, instruments, autographs, personal photographs, and more. This lot and others have been selected from this historic collection.
- stains and discoloration; veneer chipping from frame corners.
- measures frame; sight measures 15.75″ × 40.25″.