Edna Eicke

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(1919-1979) American Illustrator.

Eicke worked in the magazine industry for many years, as both staffer and freelancer. She got her start in the art department at House and Garden, and went on to create interior and cover illustrations for a variety of publications, including Vogue and Mademoiselle. She's best known for her fifty-one New Yorker covers, published between 1945 and 1961. 

The covers consist of landscape and genre scenes which evoke metropolitan childhood, owing more than a little to Eicke's own experiences growing up in the city, as well as raising three children of her own with illustrator Tom Funk in Greenwich Village. 

Eicke studied at Parsons School of Design and secured a first job sketching window displays at Sue Williams’s Display Studio in New York, where she also met Funk. 

The family decamped to Westport, Connecticut in 1953. When magazine work dried up in the early 60s (as it did for so many) Eicke worked in childrens books, to modest success. 

For additional detail, including a bibliography, please consult this reference page, credited to the Edna Eicke estate. 

Edna Eicke, Cover Illustration for The New Yorker. December 18, 1948.