Edna Eicke

1919–1979

Illustrator




Edna Eicke, photographed by Tom Funk



Edna Eicke was born in May 1919 in Montclair, New Jersey, and studied advertising and fashion at Parsons School of Design, graduating at the top of her class. Her first job was at Sue Williams's Display Studio in New York (1942–3), where she sketched window and other displays and met Tom Funk – then working as a window-display creator and illustrator – whom she married in 1943; they had three children. Initially they lived in West 12th Street, Greenwich Village, where they were profiled by Life magazine and their apartment was photographed for House and Garden magazine (by André Kertész).

She left Sue Williams to work for Wolf Fyler in the art department at House and Garden, and produced cover and inside illustrations for that magazine and also for Vogue, Mademoiselle, Women's Day and many others – including, most notably, The New Yorker, for which from 1945 she painted fifty-one covers, nearly all depicting scenes of childhood, for which she gained many fans. Many of these covers were inspired by her own childhood, her life in New York City, and her family (her children posed for many of them).

In 1953 the family moved to Westport, Connecticut, which at the time was a small town of artists. She continued to paint New Yorker covers until 1961, and then illustrated children's books. She died in December 1979.




Selected New Yorker cover illustrations

27 October 1945 2 February 1946 29 May 1948 29 July 1950
1 March 1952 31 October 1953
31 July 1954
30 June 1956




Dates of New Yorker covers

1945 12 May, 27 October
1946 2 February, 15 June, 12 October, 21 December
1947 1 February, 3 May, 9 August
1948 29 May, 17 July, 9 October, 18 December
1949 2 April, 14 May, 18 June, 13 August
1950 21 January, 29 July, 28 October
1951 13 January, 30 June, 29 September
1952 1 March, 18 October, 27 December
1953 14 February, 30 May, 8 August, 31 October
1954 16 January, 29 May, 31 July
1955 26 March, 7 May, 13 August
1956 21 January, 30 June, 20 October
1957 19 January, 20 April, 8 June, 27 July, 24 August, 14 December
1958 16 August
1959 28 February, 20 June, 10 October
1961 12 August




Bibliography


Seymour Barnard, A Child's Garden of Relatives, illustrated by Edna Eicke (New York: Rinehart, 1950)



An illustration from A Child's Garden of Relatives



The Complete Book of Covers from the New Yorker 1925–1989, with a foreword by John Updike (New York: Knopf, 1989)

Jeanne Davis, 'Edna Eicke (1917–1979): A Retrospective', Westport News, 16 January 1980

Edna Eicke, The Children Who Got Married (New York: Windmill Books, 1969)

——, Lillian, Morgan and Teddy, by Edna Eicke, story by Robert Kraus (New York: Windmill Books, 1971)

——, What's Your Name? (New York: Windmill Books, 1968)

Mary Ford, 'Westport's Edna Eicke Has New Book Published', Daily Town Crier (Westport), 1 November 1968

Robert Kraus, The Tree That Stayed Up Until Next Christmas, illustrated by Edna Eicke (New York: Windmill Books, 1972)




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