Sunday, April 24, 2016

Polo Shtick: Peter Arno New Yorker Cover Art

The original artwork for Peter Arno's New Yorker cover of August 11, 1928 depicts a startling encounter on the polo grounds. It is disappointing that the colors have faded. The art was sold on eBay in 2007. Bidding started very low at $9.99, but that's certainly not where it ended.

Peter Arno, Original artwork, The New Yorker, August 11, 1928

Peter Arno, The New Yorker, August 11, 1928

Peter Arno, Original artwork, The New Yorker, August 11, 1928
Peter Arno, The New Yorker, August 11, 1928

Note:  This is by far the oldest eBay auction I can find in my personal archives. I would love to hear from anyone with similar auction material related to the work of New Yorker cartoonists. 

This blog, as it happens, has many more outstanding examples of original New Yorker cover art. In the words of Sondheim's Miles Gloriosus, "Even I am impressed."

Stop me if you've heard this one, but Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist by Michael Maslin is now the number one book on my must-read list, and it should be on yours too.

For additional background, check out the following Arno links.

Peter Arno posts on Ink Spill.

Peter Arno in Chris Wheeler's Cartoon(ist) Gallery.

Peter Arno in April's Vanity Fair.

Peter Arno in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Peter Arno posts here on Attempted Bloggery.


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