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.
Note: Peter Arno is the subject of a new biography and of a number of blog posts here on Attempted Bloggery.
|Richard Merkin, Family Album: Peter Arno|
The New Yorker, February 22, 1993, page 150
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.