New Yorker Art Editors: James Geraghty, Albert Hubbell & Lee Lorenz

Geraghty NYer office 1949


We conclude the Westport Historical Society bios from their current exhibit, Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport with James Geraghty, Albert Hubbell and Lee Lorenz. The three share the distinction of overseeing The New Yorker‘s Art Department between 1939 through 1997.


Mr. Hubbell holds a unique position as the only temporary Art editor in The New Yorker‘s history, filling in for James Geraghty, the magazine’s Art editor from 1939 thru 1973.  Albert Hubbell held the temporary position for the first four months of 1943 while Geraghty was away participating in classes for the  Volunteer Officer Corps. (from Mr. Hubbell’s entry on Ink Spill’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”)

Mr. Lorenz was the Art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its Cartoon editor until 1997.


My thanks to The Westport Historical Society to run all the bios from the exhibit, and to Sarah Geraghty Herndon who has allowed Ink Spill to reproduce so many wonderful photos of her father throughout these Westport exhibit posts.

(Above: James Geraghty at The New Yorker in 1949)


Further reading.

It seems appropriate to include Rea Irvin in this post dedicated to the former editors of The New Yorker‘s Art Department.  Here’s his entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:



Rea Irvin  (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925.  He was the magazine’s  first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.

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