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Whitney Darrow (1909-1999)


Whitney Darrow Jr (1909-1999)
Whitney Darrow was a fluent, masterly draughtsman, who is best known for many gently satiric cartoons for The New Yorker, and especially those that focus on aspects of middle-class suburban life. Unusually among its contributors, he also wrote his own witty captions.
Whitney Darrow was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on 22 August 1909, the son of Charles Whitney Darrow, a founding director of Princeton University Press, and May Temperance (née Barton). Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, he was educated at Greenwich High School and then Princeton University, where he majored in History. While at Princeton, he contributed parodies to the Daily Princetonian and took up the position of art editor for the Princeton Tiger. Following graduation in 1931, he spent his evenings painting at the Art Students’ League of New York, under Thomas Hart Benton, and his days drawing cartoons for several magazines, including Ballyyoo, Judge and Town Tidings.

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