Sunday, March 17, 2019

George Price: Peace and Quiet

Temperamentally mismatched couples are a specialty of cartoonist George Price (1901-1995). The exasperated wife in a 1979 New Yorker cartoon original demonstrates that she knows her serenely-contented husband's responses by heart.
"Don't tell me. Let me guess. I know! It's Tuesday, and you've got peace and quiet coming out of your ears again."
George Price
Original art
The New Yorker, December 10, 1979, page 53

He stares into space while her gaze is directed at him. Still, both pairs of feet are directed toward the other person more than the position of the chairs alone would suggest.
"Don't tell me. Let me guess. I know! It's Tuesday, and you've got peace and quiet coming out of your ears again."
George Price
Framed original art
The New Yorker, December 10, 1979, page 53

Price handles shoes quite well.
Detail
The photos in this listing are unusually out-of-focus and somewhat random.
Detail

George Price's signature
Price knew when to depart from his own pencil guidelines.
Detail of the wife's head

Detail of wife

Detail of husband

"Don't tell me. Let me guess. I know! It's Tuesday, and you've got peace and quiet coming out of your ears again."
George Price
Original art
The New Yorker, December 10, 1979, page 53




The art sold with Buy It Now about six hours into the listing. It cost the buyer a $200 premium to assure an auction win.
George Price
eBay Listing Ended January 17, 2019
George Price
eBay Item Description



George Price
eBay Bid History
Purchased the first day of the listing with But It Now

"Don't tell me. Let me guess. I know! It's Tuesday, and you've got peace and quiet coming out of your ears again."
George Price
Original art
The New Yorker, December 10, 1979, page 53
Drawings by Burt Silverman and George Price
https://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1979-12-10#folio=052


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Reader and frequent contributor David from Manhattan is able to provide some background. He writes, "The Price cartoons came from the estate of Leon Thorpe who died in Fla. in 2006. A woman sold items the following August on eBay."
The original sale price to Leon F. Thorpe for this piece was $800 in 1983, less a portion of the "consideration." The invoice is from the Nicholls Gallery in New York.
Photo courtesy of David from Manhattan


Note:  There's always a place for original art by George Price on Attempted Bloggery. Don't tell me. Let me guess. You have scans and photos of original art all ready to send in. Why, thank you.

Thanks to David from Manhattan for providing information about the history of this piece.


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