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Pencil sketch of the Ruby trial courtroom by Gary Artzt

Object Number: 2002.058.0030
Category: Art
Artist: Gary Artzt
Type of Object: Courtroom sketch
Dimensions: Framed: 22 3/4 × 28 1/2 in. (57.8 × 72.4 cm) Matboard: 21 3/4 × 27 1/4 in. (55.2 × 69.2 cm) Sketch: 17 × 22 in. (43.2 × 55.9 cm)
Medium: Paper, foam
Description
Original courtroom sketch drawn during the Jack Ruby murder trial by Gary Artzt, who covered the trial for Dallas CBS affiliate KRLD.

In the drawing, Judge Joe B. Brown is seated at the bench, flanked by the American and Texas flags. A witness sits in the stand, and a single juror is visible on the right edge. At tables in front of the judge, attorneys for both the prosecution and defense are seated, while the court stenographer sits with back to the viewer.

The bottom of the sketch is signed at the center edge: "2/25/64 / Jack Ruby murder trial / Gary Artzt".


Curator's Notes

Since cameras were not permitted inside Judge Brown's courtroom during the Ruby trial, media outlets relied upon sketch artists to provide visuals for readers and viewers around the world eager for a glimpse of what was called at the time "the trial of the century." Dallas CBS affiliate KRLD-TV used members of its studio art department, including Gary Artzt, to create sketches of the trial on a daily basis. Other KRLD-TV sketch artists included Charles Fisher and Ken Hansen. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

This item, along with materials from the DA's Ruby file (which is on loan to the Museum) and from the Museum's permanent collection, briefly appeared in a temporary display on the Museum's seventh floor in 2017. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

All requests for permission to reproduce, publish or broadcast materials in this collection must be submitted to the Museum's registrar, using the Rights & Reproductions Request Form. Inquiries may be sent to registrar@jfk.org.