Arthur Knorr (1898-1966) was a theatrical set designer, producer, and director. Knorr began hiscareer as a commercial artist in the 1920s and was later art director of the Capitol Theatre in NewYork City.
In 1936, he became a production executive at the Roxy Theatre, a period which the presentportfolio seems to document (including a drawing of a proposed color scheme for the LadiesLounge).
In the 1940s and 1950s, Knorr was producer of Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, and from thelate 1940s through early 1960s, he was responsible for the staging of many pageantextravaganzas, including Miss America, Miss Universe, and Miss USA.
Fashion Drawings (17 x 22"):
4 - Showgirls: Texas, French, USA, Spanish. Gilt, gold, and colors;
2 - Drawings of Doris Nolan (1916-1998), American Actress: one with swatch and annotation,black, color;
3 - Drawings in color: 1940s or early 1950s style.
Architectural Plans and Scene Design Details (Oversize; 19 x 24"):
Drawing in color: Roxy Theatre, 1941. Proposed alteration for Gay White Way;
Drawing in pink and gray: Entrance for Symphony in Pink;
Drawing in color: Curtains, front and side, signed with annotation;
Drawing in black and shades of brown, gray and green: Curtain and podium below. Signed;
Drawing in color: Two views of curtains, one with curtain drawn to show sets inside of streetwith building, lamps, balloons. Signed;
Drawing in color: Three views of stage with curtains, two with figures posed. Marked A, B, C.With size diagrams. Signed;
Drawing in color: Two views of stage with curtains. With diagram of color placement in pencil;
Drawing, partly colored: Detroit, 1938. Two views of stage and curtains;
Drawing, colored: Scene with leopard in center;
Drawing in blue and white: Chinese-like scene on tracing paper, completed. Signed;
Drawing in color: Trees.
Large size (17 x 22"):
Drawing in black, white, silver, and gold: Detail from set or curtain. Signed;
Drawing in blue, green, and black: Detail of set or curtain. Signed;
Drawing in salmon, grays, black: Details of set or curtain. Signed;
Drawing in blue, browns, and gray: Details of circular stage. Signed;
Drawing in blues, grays, black: Details of scene. Signed;
Drawing in pink, red, gray, and black: Details of curtain. Signed;
Drawing in browns, blue, and silver: Seven views of painted canvas of chromium frame piece, orproscenium, arch. With scale note. Signed.
Drawings in Color (17 x 11"):
1 - Proposed color scheme for Ladies Lounge, Roxy Theatre. Signed;
1 - Poster in red, white, blue and shades of brown: American Theatre Wing with picture ofcomedy mask wearing Uncle Sam hat.
Drawing in Color (15 x 15"):
1 - “Camp Shows.” Signed.
Drawings in Color (15 x 22"):
3 - Sheets with a total of six drawings of treatments of set, including “lounge, store interior,treatment of benches and pillars, wall treatment, store exterior.” Each signed;
4 - Black and white: one of house, three architectural;
1 - Colored reds and silver border of details;
4 - Drawings in color: scene details including one with two views of landscape with trees, one ofhaunting eyes in blue and pink.
7 - (15 x 11") Colored. Details of scene, some highly finished, 3 of them signed;
8 - (9 x 11") Some colored, one cutout: scene designs;
5 - (3 x 5") Black and white;
2 - (Smaller sizes) One in color of an umbrella. (Inventory #: 1253)