Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 14: Richard Taylor

It’s taken a while to get to Richard Taylor’s advertising work, shown here in Part 14 of this series brought to you by collector and Executive Director of SPX, Warren Bernard.

Mr. Taylor’s work was seemingly everywhere during his heyday; he was published approximately 400 times in The New Yorker  from 1935 through 1967, he illustrated a truckload of books, published collections of his own work, taught cartooning (the late New Yorker cartoonist, Joseph Farris was one of his students), and wrote a sort-of how to book, Introduction to Cartooning.  

The trademark oval eyes of his people and the application of unusual blocks of parallel lines were among Mr. Taylor’s signature elements.  Only P.C. Vey’s work — the eyes! –comes to mind as (perhaps) a branch off the Taylor tree. Mr. Vey draws eyes elongated on the horizontal while Mr. Taylor’s were vertical ( below on the left: Vey eyes, on the right, Taylor eyes)

Dates for the ads: Pepsodent Antiseptic, 1944; Canada Dry, 1943; Mennen Skin Bracer, 1940; Hart Schaffner & Marx, 1941; Canada Dry Water, 1943


As a bonus, I’ve added this great photo of Mr. Taylor in his Bethel, Connecticut studio, late 1940s. It can be found in Taylor’s Introduction to Cartooning (Watson-Guptill, 1947).

And here’s Mr. Taylor’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:

Richard Taylor (self portrait above from Meet the Artist) Born in Fort William, Ontario, Sept. 18, 1902. Died in 1970. New Yorker work: 1935 -1967. Collections: The Better Taylors ( Random House, 1944, and a reprint edition by World Publishing, 1945), Richard Taylor’s Wrong Bag (Simon & Schuster, 1961). Taylor also authored Introduction to Cartooning ( Watson -Guptill, 1947). From Taylor’s introduction: the “book is not intended to be a ‘course in cartooning’…instead, it attempts to outline a plan of study — something to be kept at the elbow to steer by.”

New Jersey’s New Yorkers…an Ink Spill Map

Here’s a look at Garden State born New Yorker contributors (including its current editor) as well as New Yorker contributors (all cartoonists) not Jersey born, but currently living there. Also included: New Yorker contributors who, though not native-born,  grew up there and/or lived there for a good while. If anyone out there has others I’ve missed (and I’m sure I have) please contact me. (click on the map to enlarge).


Joseph Farris: 1924 – 2015

Joe FarrisJoe Farris, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 1957, died this morning according to a notice posted by his daughter on Facebook.

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Born in 1924, in Newark, NJ, Joe was a longtime Connecticut resident. In his early days he was a student of another Connecticut cartoonist, the great Richard Taylor. Joe contributed close to 300 cartoons to the magazine, including two covers. Collections of his work include Just A Cog In The Wheel, published in 1989, and UFO — Ho Ho, published in 1968. His most recent book, A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Frontlines of World War II, was published in 2011 to excellent reviews.

Joe was a cartoonist’s cartoonist, able to deliver captionless cartoons, sometimes multi panelled, as well as cartoons of the moment, wrapping them up in a style that was his and his alone.



Above: his first drawing in The New Yorker, May 18, 1957. Left: his 1989 collection.



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Left: from The New Yorker November 11, 1992


Link to Joe Farris’s biography on his website

Link here to see some of Joe Farris’s  New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site

A Joseph Farris Collection of Golf Cartoons

Farris:golfComing next Spring from Skyhorse Publishing, It’s a Stupid Game; It’ll Never Amount to Anything: The Golf Cartoons of Joseph Farris.  Mr. Farris has been contributing his work to The New Yorker since 1956.

Farris is the author of A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of World War II (National Geographic, 2011), and several cartoon collections, including: Just a Cog in the Wheel (Adams Media Corp, 1989), and UFO–Ho Ho: Cartoons for Flying Saucer Lovers (Popular Library, 1968).

(the above cartoon was published in The New Yorker, May 29,1989)

Update: Gahan Wilson Documentary Film Kickstarter Drive; Fradon and Farris show work



With only 15 days to go, it’s time to check in on the Kickstarter fund drive for filmmaker Steven Charles Jaffe’s documentary,  Gahan Wilson: Born Dead Still Weird

Please visit the site (the pink link above) and if you can, help support this exceptionally worthy effort.









From The Newtown Bee, August 2, 2013, “A Not So Ordinary Art Show At Plain Jane’s” — this piece on an exhibit of work by four artists, including Dana Fradon and Joseph Farris.