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Peter Arno

Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr. (b. August 1, 1904; died February 22, 1968)

Born in New York City. Attended Yale University from 1922-24. Arno was a New Yorker cartoonist for forty-three years. He published his first cartoon there in June of 1925, just four months after the magazine's launch. His style is quite distinct, including his penchant for drawing well-endowed women.

Take a look at the photograph I posted. He was a handsome guy. Successful, too. Strange, then, how in the later years of his life he moved from his beloved New York City to upstate New York, utterly foresaking his family and becoming a recluse who rarely, if ever, left his home and who virtually never contacted his (former) friends. Simultaneously, he became a miser. He evidently died as a very unhappy individual, at least according to the piece Charles Saxon wrote in the 1979 retrospective. He's buried in Kensico Cemetery in Westchester (NY) County.

Arno produced at least one Broadway play ('Here Goes The Bride,' which ran from Nov. 3-7, 1931) and did scene and costume design and wrote music and lyrics in three others. His first publication ('Whoops Dearie!', a novel) is god-awful and pretty much unreadable, but each of his subsequent volumes of cartoons is excellent. (A note to collectors: the dust jacket for 'Favorites' is exceedingly scarce.)
Peter Arno
Peter Arno
Here's what most of them look like on the shelf.
Here's what most of them look like on the shelf.
One of my favorite Arno cartoons
One of my favorite Arno cartoons
Whoops, Dearie (1927) (signed copies)
:: Whoops, Dearie (1927) (signed copies) ::
Parade (1929) (signed and presentation copies)
:: Parade (1929) (signed and presentation copies) ::
Parade (as released in London)
Parade (as released in London)
Hullabaloo (1930) (signed)
:: Hullabaloo (1930) (signed) ::
Circus (1931) (signed and limited ed.)
:: Circus (1931) (signed and limited ed.) ::
Circus (London:  The Bodley Head 1933)
Circus (London: The Bodley Head 1933)
Favorites (1932)
:: Favorites (1932) ::
For Members Only (1935) (signed with original drawing)
:: For Members Only (1935) (signed with original drawing) ::
Cartoon Revue (1941)
Cartoon Revue (1941)
Man in the Shower (1944)
Man in the Shower (1944)
The Bedside Tales (1945) (signed by several contributors)
:: The Bedside Tales (1945) (signed by several contributors) ::
The Peter Arno Pocket Book (1946)
The Peter Arno Pocket Book (1946)
Sizzling Platter (1949) (inscribed)
:: Sizzling Platter (1949) (inscribed) ::
Crepes Suzettes (1950)
:: Crepes Suzettes (1950) ::
Ladies and Gentlemen (1951) (inscribed)
:: Ladies and Gentlemen (1951) (inscribed) ::
The New Peter Arno Pocket Book (1955)
The New Peter Arno Pocket Book (1955)
Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad (1956) (signed)
:: Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad (1956) (signed) ::
Lady in the Shower (1967)
Lady in the Shower (1967)
Peter Arno (1979)
Peter Arno (1979)
Peter Arno (1979) - paperback edition
Peter Arno (1979) - paperback edition
Peter Arno (1979) - paperback edition - back cover
Peter Arno (1979) - paperback edition - back cover
Arno Advertising Work
:: Arno Advertising Work ::
Arno's New Yorker Covers
:: Arno's New Yorker Covers ::
Signed piece:  Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury
:: Signed piece: "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" ::
Signed Arno Lithograph (Lady in White)
Signed Arno Lithograph ("Lady in White")
An original drawing of his stock Colonel character (undated)
An original drawing of his stock Colonel character (undated)
Letter to James Montgomery Flagg
Letter to James Montgomery Flagg
Arno at the races
Arno at the races
Arno's film debut
Arno's film debut
Inner Sanctum puzzle
"Inner Sanctum" puzzle