If you are in the midtown Manhattan area from now until the end March, then treat yourself to a visit to the Algonquin Hotel. In honor of the recently released book, “The Hirschfeld Century,” the hotel has transferred 30 Al Hirschfeld portraits onto the walls of its lobby, reports Town & Country. And they are not to be missed.
Made famous for its literary Round Table in the ’20s, the Algonquin will now feature caricatures of its most famous “Vicious Circle” patrons: Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman.
In addition, illustrations of entertainers who have congregated in the hotel over the years since its opening in 1902 will be exhibited, including: Carol Channing as Dolly, John Barrymore as Hamlet, Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore, Laurel and Hardy, Fred Astaire and Mikhail Barishinikov.
While it is reported that a reproduction of Hirschfeld’s poster for My Fair Lady will be on view, there’s no word on whether any cat drawings — famed Matilda the cat was probably the hotel’s most memorable inhabitant — will be.