Rare pictorial map of Greenwich Village, by Tony Sarg.
Fine example of Sarg's pictorial map of Greenwich Village, with illustrations of important places, including the Salmagundi Club, the Washington Square Arch and New York University. Jefferson Market prison, the Washington Square Bookshop, the Village Barn, Luchow's, and Wanamaker's department store are also shown. A key below the cartouche provides a guide to the locations of various restaurants, stores, bars, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at its original location.
In the margins, portraits of Mark Twain and Washington Irving, former Greenwich Village residents. People shown in various activities include artists painting, a woman shopping, and performers in Union Square.
This map was produced as a promotion for Central Savings Bank , which is shown in Union Square. Additional promotional material printed on the back invited potential customers to become "one of its 207,000" depositors. The present example includes and extra tear off section at the top.
Tony (Anthony Frederick) Sarg was a designer, decorator, cartoonist, illustrator, sculptor, writer and lecturer. He is perhaps best known as a puppeteer, reviving marionette theater in North America.
Born in Guatemala to a German father and English mother, Sarg began his career in the German military, resigning his commission in 1905 and moving to England. There he met and married an American woman; they moved to New York City in 1915. He became a U.S. citizen in 1920. He was a professional illustrator for various publications including the Saturday Evening Post.
Sarge was a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Illustrators, Sarg also was the author and illustrator of several books for children, and designed ingenious toys and puzzles. His pictorial maps include a map of Greenwich Village and the New York 1939 Official World's Fair Pictorial Map. He also made a pictorial map of Nantucket, where he owned a home.