Saturday, May 14, 2016

Richard Merkin's Peter Arno

Richard Merkin's illustration of Peter Arno appeared in the New Yorker's 1993 anniversary issue. The cartoonist is shown in profile with a cigarette in his mouth, presiding over the city he loves. His outrageously bold shirt is a real attention grabber. Mr. Merkin's source is a photograph of Arno that appears in Peter Arno's Cartoon Revue from 1941. Arno's actual shirt, if anything, is more wild than Merkin has depicted it.

Richard Merkin, Family Album:  Peter Arno
The New Yorker,
February 22, 1993, page 150

Peter Arno
Peter Arno's Cartoon Revue, 1941

The original artwork by Richard Merkin (1938-2009) is available from the Carrie Haddad Gallery, which dates it to c. 1980.

Note:  Peter Arno is the subject of a new biography and of a number of blog posts here on Attempted Bloggery.


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