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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Helen Hokinson (1893–1949). "They're All Staying for Supper, Nora. Any Inspirations?" ca. 1939. Ink brush and ink wash over graphite. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (026.01.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–51807 © Helen E. Hokinson/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank

Appealing for Help

The lady of the house and her disgruntled employee present humorously contrasting expressions in this scenario by Helen Hokinson. Publishing her first cartoons in the New Yorker in 1925, she evolved her endearing upper-class female characters and in 1931 began collaborating with writer James Reid Parker. Hokinson's untimely death cut short her flourishing career during which she produced more than eighteen hundred cartoons and sixty-eight cover designs for the magazine.