NationalityAmerican ChildrenPatricia Arno RoleCartoonist
OccupationCartoonist NamePeter Arno BooksLady in the shower
Full NameCurtis Arnoux Peters, Jr. BornJanuary 8, 1904 (1904-01-08) New York City, New York EmployerThe New Yorker (1925-1968) Known forCreated 99 covers for The New Yorker Spouse(s)Lois Long
Mary Livingston Lansing DiedFebruary 22, 1968, Port Chester, New York, United States ResidenceNew York City, New York, United States EducationYale University, The Hotchkiss School
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. Roger Angell recently described him as "the magazine's first genius".
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.
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; they often depicting a cross-section of New York City society. Others were inspired by situations he encountered during his travels. Arno drew his cartoons in batches, usually over a two-day period each week. In a famous March 1, 1941 cartoon he coined the popular expression "back to the drawing board".
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.
After his second divorce, Arno moved to a farm near Harrison, New York, where he lived in seclusion, enjoying music, guns, and sports cars.
Arno died of emphysema on February 22, 1968 at the age of 64. He is buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.