Jean Cagney by Warnecke & Schoenbaechler, 1960


Harry Warnecke (1900 – 1994) and associates at the New York Daily News used the complex three color carbro process to make vibrant color portraits of various scenes and celebrities from the entertainment, political and other realms.  They developed a camera that could take three separate color images of the subject. These were printed one on top of each other to make startlingly rich color prints that would then be used to make the color covers of the Rotogravure section of the Daily News, one of the first uses of color in newspapers.

An exhibition of Warnecke’s color portraits, “In Vibrant Color,” took place at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.

This is a unique original color print with a 16 x 13 – inch image. The edges of some of the separate color images can be seen at the border of the picture.

This print was made by Warnecke and his associate Cranston. The crayon notes on the verso also state “Press Exhibit 1943.”

In 1943 Jeanne played in the film “Yankee Doodle Dandy” along with her brother James Cagney. Aside from her movie roles, she was also a stage actress.  Eugene O’Neil cast her  in the role of Maggy in “The Iceman Cometh” (1946).


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