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Study for a cover of The New Yorker: “Viaggio”, June 28, 1968
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Medium: Watercolor, gouache, collage, charcoal, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: Sight: 12 5/8 in. × 9 in. (32.1 × 22.9 cm)
Description: The artist Beatrice Szanton married the illustrator and former schoolmate at Evander Childs High, Barney Tobey, in June of 1930. Born in New York to Austro-Hungarian parents, she enjoyed some early success on the stage in New York City. She briefly pursued her acting career in Hollywood, but ultimately returned to New York and turned her attention to painting. Like her husband, she attended the Art Students League where she studied with the Japanese-American painter, printmaker and photographer Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953). Beatrice Tobey was also a contributor to The New Yorker, publishing eleven cover illustrations between 1959 and 1969. These were usually signed “B. Szanton” to distinguish them from the work of her spouse. The present work was the model for the cover of the June 28, 1968, issue of The New Yorker. The multi-media drawing entered the collection with the trove of works by Szanton’s husband, Barney Tobey, including: 103 cartoons, many of which were published in The New Yorker; 29 preparatory watercolors for Ian Fleming’s Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang; an early oil painting; and a watercolor study for a painting of Astor Place. A native New Yorker, Barney Tobey (1906–1989) was a prolific cartoon artist and illustrator. During his lifetime, Tobey designed four covers and more than 1,200 cartoons that were published in The New Yorker alone. His cartoons and covers also appeared in Collier’s Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, and Variety, among other periodicals. Magazine illustration was not his only form of artistic expression; his work also enlivened children’s books, such as Ian Fleming’s Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car and works by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), theater posters, stationery, and book covers.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey
Object Number: 2015.40.84
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Inscribed: Signed at lower right in light brown watercolor: "Szanton".

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The work belongs to the Barney Tobey trove including: 103 cartoons, many of which were published in The New Yorker; 29 preparatory watercolors for Ian Fleming’s Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang; an early oil painting; and a watercolor study for a painting of Astor Place. A native New Yorker, Barney Tobey (1906–1989) was a prolific cartoon artist and illustrator. During his lifetime, Tobey designed four covers and more than 1,200 cartoons that were published in The New Yorker alone. His cartoons and covers also appeared in Collier’s Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, and Variety, among other periodicals. Magazine illustration was not his only form of artistic expression; his work also enlivened children’s books, such as Ian Fleming’s Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car and works by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), theater posters, stationery, and book covers.

In addition to the Barney Tobey trove, the Tobeys also donated: a multi-media watercolor cover design for The New Yorker by Barney Tobey’s wife, Beatrice Szanton Tobey, and a pen-and-ink drawing by Leonora Fini, a gift to the Tobeys.