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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Helen Hokinson (1893–1949). Reunion—"Remember That Shy Alice. . . ," ca. 1943. Ink wash and collage. Published in New Yorker, June 19, 1943. Purchase, 2014. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (026.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca–38577 © Helen E. Hokinson/The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank


One of the best known and beloved cartoonists for the New Yorker, Helen Hokinson created appealing upper-class female characters that graced the magazine from 1925–1949. Admirers tended to regard them as charming, kind, ingenuous women given to short enthusiasms. Hokinson, however, thought of them as individuals, as can easily be inferred by her delicate drawing of faces and lush use of ink and washes. Hokinson died tragically early in an airplane crash.