Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Dog's Life: George Booth Original New Yorker Cover Art

The original artwork to George Booth's New Yorker cover of February 4, 1974 is included in the exhibition "George Booth—A Cartoonist's Life" at the Society of Illustrators. The illustration evokes a time—can it already be so far gone?—when working people with 9-5 jobs could be expected home before six. (See how the hands on the clock not only indicate the time but also point to the expectant dog.) It's a static but charming image in one-point perspective bursting with sumptuous color and ecstatic in its attention to detail; just look at that luminescent wallpaper! This cover also contains a rarity in Booth interiors: a tidy throw rug without a single fold or wrinkle. Note that the New Yorker's required strap along the left-hand border of the cover is a paste-on, apparently added as an afterthought.

George Booth, original art
The New Yorker, February 4, 1974

George Booth
The New Yorker, February 4, 1974

Note:  The artwork shown here is from the George Booth Collection via exhibition curator J. J. Sedelmaier. Thanks, J. J.

Right now it's George Booth's moment. But even when it isn't, I'm looking for scans or photos of original art by the cartoonist. Published rarities are also welcome.

I hope to be in attendance at the opening reception tomorrow night at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Don't be shy about saying hello. You can't miss me; my iPhone cover bears the very image in this post!

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George Booth

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