Wednesday, February 5, 2014

George Price: The Start of the Season

James Cummins, Bookseller offers original New Yorker artwork by George Price from the legendary collection of publisher James H. Heineman. Price's details are worth noting, as always. I assume it is the wife's mother who inhabits this drawing, as the husband's mother wouldn't be funny at all. The rabbit ears on the television set affirm that this is one of the increasingly rare households which by 1988 did not have cable. One can't blame the bookseller for assuming this drawing is from the previous decade although, in the words of Casey Stengel, "You could look it up." Or was it James Thurber?

Cummins follows the nearly universal practice of describing Price's medium as "ink and colored wash." I'm going to stop saying it soon, but the bluish medium is actually Ben-Day, and it reproduces as tone in the published work.

Interestingly, the Condé Nast Store also claims to have "Original artwork available for this print!" A quick check of the Condé Nast website reveals that they claim to have the original artwork for nearly every published print and that simply can't be true.

George Price, "And here goes the gun signalling the start of the season."
Original artwork for the New Yorker, September 12, 1988, page 27

http://www.jamescumminsbookseller.com/pages/books/24032/new-yorker-magazine-art-george-price/new-yorker-cartoon-original-ink-and-colored-wash-drawing-signed-geo-price-and-captioned-in-the
"Original artwork available for this print!"

George Price, "And here goes the gun signalling the start of the season."
The New Yorker, September 12, 1988, page 27

George Price, "And here goes the gun signalling the start of the season."
The New Yorker, September 12, 1988, page 27

Note:  More posts about George Price, almost all of them mentioning Ben-Day, can be found here.

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