Lars HOKANSON (Philadelphia 1942 - Philadelphia 2012)
Lion and Lamb: Two Designs for a Cover for The New Yorker Magazine
a. Watercolour, gouache and black ink and black wash on thick paper.
Signed Hokanson / Cichetti near the lower right. Inscribed crop at the top left.
252 x 392 mm. (9 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.) [image]
337 x 457 mm. (13 1/4 x 18 in.) [sheet]
b. Watercolour and black ink on onionskin paper.
Signed Hokanson / Cichetti near the lower right. Inscribed crop at the top right.
232 x 292 mm. (9 1/8 x 11 1/2 in.) [image]
265 x 347 mm. (10 3/8 x 13 5/8 in.) [sheet]
Lars Hokanson and Frances Cichetti contributed designs for only two covers for The New Yorker, in March and August 1996, as well as a cartoon for the Westminster Dog Show, entitled ‘Top Dogs’, which appeared inside the February 19, 1996 issue of the magazine.
The present sheet - depicting a well-known turn of phrase in America, referring to the changing of winter into spring, from March to April, as ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ - was published as a cover for The New Yorker of 18 March 1996. Although the larger gouache design is the finished work, the artistic director of the magazine chose to use a related sketch, drawn on onionskin paper, in which the image is slightly different, as the final cover design.
The present pair of drawings are sold with a copy of the 18 March 1996 issue of The New Yorker [see photo].
The New Yorker, 18 March 1996, a variant of this composition reproduced on the cover.