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Edna Eicke (American, 1919-1979) The Riding Lesson

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American & European Works of Art - 3029B
Date / Time :
September 27, 2017 4:00PM


Edna Eicke (American, 1919-1979)

The Riding Lesson, A Cover Illustration for The New Yorker
Signed "EDNA EICKE" l.r.
Oil on Whatman drawing board, 28 x 19 in. (69.9 x 48.3 cm), framed (under glass).
Condition: Good.

N.B. In his forward to an anthology of New Yorker covers, John Updike posed the following question: "Do you have trouble letting go of old copies of The New Yorker?" His answer was simple. "Blame the covers … We want to be where the cover is, whether it's a pricey night club by Peter Arno or an Eden-green lawn by Edna Eicke … " (1)

From 1945 until 1961, Edna Eicke painted fifty-one covers for The New Yorker, nearly all depicting scenes of childhood, many inspired by her own upbringing, her life in New York City, and her family. The Riding Lesson appeared as the magazine cover for the June 18, 1949, issue.

1) John Updike, "Foreword," in The Complete Collection of Covers from The New Yorker 1925–1989 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989), p. v.
Estimate $3,500-5,500

The work is inscribed in blue on the reverse, "Hooves to be reversed" and "A2650."

Framed size is 34 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Alfred A. Knopf, Peter Arno, American literature, Edna Eicke, Eicke, Fiction, John Updike, Literature, The New Yorker, New York City