Monday Tilley Watch: The New Yorker Issue Of June 14, 2021; Tilley & Son; 50 Years Ago In The New Yorker

The Monday Tilley Watch Takes A Glancing Look At The Art & Artists Of The Latest Issue Of The New Yorker

The Cover: Another pandemic cover…“Easing Back”

The Cartoonists:

Twelve cartoons, twelve cartoonists. No duos (that we know of). One newbie, Dan Rosen. He’s the 10th new New Yorker cartoonist of the year and the 88th added to the magazine’s stable since Emma Allen became The New Yorker’s cartoon editor in Spring of 2017.

The Cartoons:

A few cartoons caught my attention this week. Lars Kenseth‘s people never fail to amuse me (cave folks on page 37). Joe Dator‘s winning pooch (page 64) is a winning drawing, as is Liza Donnelly‘s* shared umbrella couple (page 32).

*Ms.Donnelly and I are married. I’d love this drawing even if we weren’t.

See all the issue’s cartoons here.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch

Although I trumpeted the end of the Masthead watch a few weeks back, I changed my mind within minutes after the trumpet’s call. Mr. Irvin’s design (above) is the real deal. Read about it here.

And this:

Not long ago, when I came up with the alternate Tilley Watch heading (above left) I never really gave it much thought that there might actually be a Tilley watch. A few minutes ago I did an online image search and…well, what d’ya know! A  Tilley & Son pocket watch turned up. Apparently from the Victorian age. No Rea Irvin butterfly on its face, but still, a thing of beauty. 

The Cartoonists In The New Yorker 50 Years Ago This Week

Beginning today, and appearing every Monday, the Spill will toss out a time capsule list of cartoonists from the magazine’s past. This week it’s from the issue of June 12, 1971, half a century ago this week.

The senior cartoonist that week (senior in terms of years contributing, not age) was George Price, who began contributing in 1929. The newbie was Charles Barsotti, who began contributing in 1969.

George Price (above) Born in Coytesville, New Jersey, June 9, 1901. Died January 12, 1995, Engelwood, New Jersey. New Yorker work: 1929 – 1991. Lee Lorenz, the New Yorker’s former Art/Cartoon editor, called Price one of the magazine’s great stylists (along with Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, James Thurber, and William Steig. Of the many Price collections, here are two favorites: Browse At Your Own Risk (1977), and The World of George Price: A 55-Year Retrospective (1988)


Charles Barsotti (above) Born, San Marcos, Texas, September 28, 1933. Died, Kansas City, Mo., June 16, 2014. Mr. Barsotti was briefly the cartoon editor of The Saturday Evening Post (from 1968 until its demise in 1969). The New York Times review of his 1981 collection “Kings Don’t Carry Money” led with the following:”Thurber lives, in Kansas City under the name of Charles Barsotti.” His deceptively simple line drawings of pups and kings, and businessmen have been a presence in The New Yorker for over fifty years. It is likely that Mr. Barsotti is the only New Yorker cartoonist to have ever run for Congress (an unsuccessful bid, in 1972, in Kansas). New Yorker work: 1962 – . Key collections: Kings Don’t Carry Money (Dodd, Mead, 1981), and The Essential Charles Barsotti, Compiled and Edited by Lee Lorenz (Workman, 1998). Website:



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