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Peter Arno

Patricia Arno

Lady in the shower

Peter Arno with his art works at Leicester Galleries

Full Name
January 8, 1904 (Age 64) (

The New Yorker (1925-1968)

Known for
Created 99 covers for The New Yorker

Lois Long Mary Livingston Lansing

February 22, 1968 (Aged 64) , Port Chester, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States

Yale University, The Hotchkiss School

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Peter Arno (January 8, 1904 – February 22, 1968) was a U.S. cartoonist. He contributed cartoons and 99 covers to The New Yorker from 1925, the magazine's first year, until 1968, the year of his death. In 2015, New Yorker contributor Roger Angell described him as "the magazine's first genius".


"But I can't!" cartooned by Peter Arno


"You're a mystic" cartooned by Peter Arno, a woman and a man on a date

Arno was born Curtis Arnoux Peters, Jr. on January 8, 1904 in New York City. His father was Curtis Arnoux Peters, a New York State Supreme Court judge. He was educated at the Hotchkiss School and Yale University, where he contributed illustrations, covers and cartoons to The Yale Record, the campus humor magazine, as "Peters". He also formed a jazz band called the Yale Collegians, in which he played piano, banjo, and accordion. Arno's infatuation with show business later had him designing, writing, and/or producing for four Broadway shows, and appearing with fellow cartoonists in the film Artists and Models.

"It Isn't Often One Sees a Bowler These Days", New Yorker magazine cartoon illustration by Peter Arno

After graduation he adopted the pen name Peter Arno and joined the staff of the fledgling magazine The New Yorker. The iconic cartoons and covers he created there, from 1925 through 1968, helped establish the magazine's reputation for sophisticated humor and fine illustration. His work often depicted a cross-section of New York City society, though he was also inspired by situations he encountered during his travels. Arno drew his cartoons in batches, usually over a two-day period each week. Arno often worked with gag writers, one of whom coined the popular expression "back to the drawing board" in a famous March 1, 1941 cartoon.

Peter Arno "You do give such perfect parties, Alice. Is there anyone here you'd like to meet?" paperback cover

In 1927 he married Lois Long, a popular New Yorker columnist and fashion editor who wrote under the pseudonym "Lipstick." The very embodiment of the glamorous flapper, she also wrote reviews of New York speakeasies. Their one daughter, Patricia, was born September 18, 1928, and the couple divorced in 1930. Arno later married debutante Mary Livingston Lansing in August 1935; they divorced in July 1939.

Peter Arno while he is painting

After his second divorce, Arno moved to a farm near Harrison, New York, where he lived in seclusion, enjoying music, guns, and sports cars.

"I think it's only fair to tell you, Miss Parsons, that I'm a happily married man." cartooned by Peter Arno, in The New Yorker magazine.

Arno died of emphysema on February 22, 1968 at the age of 64. He is buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

A biography, Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist by New Yorker cartoonist, Michael Maslin was published in April 2016 by Regan Arts.


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