Sunday, June 5, 2016

Peter Arno at the Leicester Galleries

The online Encyclopædia Britannica entry on Peter Arno shows a photograph of the America cartoonist posing with his works at the Leicester Galleries exhibition in 1932. Wouldn't it be great to get a closer look at the cartoons? Of course it would. Let's number the top row one through five from left to right, and the bottom row six through ten, and then see what we can do.

Peter Arno at the Leicester Galleries, London, 1932

1. "Damn this black carpet! I never can find my socks."
The New Yorker, March 22, 1930

2. "I just stepped out a minute to get the milk, dear."
The New Yorker, December 21, 1929

3. "Haf you had any previous experience in pictures?"
Peter Arno's Circus (1931)

4. ["?"]

5. ["?"]

6. "Sh! I've been coquetting with La Flamme since a quarter past the hour!"
The New Yorker, October 12, 1929

7. ["?"]

8. "Good God, young man! For a second I thought you were Colonel
Brisley—of Nantucket!"
Peter Arno's Circus (1931)
Image added January 16, 2017

9. "Don't fret, sir, Madam will be back in a minute."
The New Yorker,
April 6, 1929 

10. "Why Major Pauncefoote! What a surprise!"
The New Yorker,
 April 9, 1932

Note:  Three of these ten cartoons are unknown to me. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can help identify any of these. I would also like to hear from anyone with a catalogue from the original 1932 London exhibition; they seem to be quite rare. It would also be great to learn of the current whereabouts of any of this artwork. Did most remain in England? Did Arno bring the unsold ones back home? Someone somewhere must know something.

This blog's collected Peter Arno posts are only a link away.


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