Gary Cooper won the Oscar in 1941 for his role of as Alvin C. York in the film Sergeant York.
Academy Award Winner Portrait Series
In the late-1950s Hollywood artist Nicholas Volpe embarked on a project to draw portraits of every Oscar winner for Best Actor and Best Actress going back to the very first award given in 1928. He finished the first phase in 1961, with 67 portraits (due to one tie) and they were introduced to patrons of the Brown Derby Restaurant in 1962. These original charcoal illustrations were a special feature in their newly christened "Academy Room" at the Beverly Hills location, and Volpe agreed to an exclusive lifetime commission for the Brown Derby, adding 2 more portraits each year through 1979.
Over a period of more than 50 years, The Brown Derby Restaurants amassed one of the most famous celebrity-art collections of all time. These original works of art come directly from the legendary collection, were featured on display in one or more of their historic locations, and each one is hand-signed by the artist.
Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of the artwork. Please contact us with any questions!