Now Mr. Dunkus – that wasn’t the right thing to say
Medium: Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper
Dimensions: sheet: 19 5/8 × 14 1/2 in. (49.8 × 36.8 cm)
Illustration Citation: Date and place of publication not identified.
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2012
About: In this cartoon, Barbara Shermund depicts a social situation where a member of the "smart set" rebukes a disgruntled elderly man, whose manners she evidently finds out of date. Shermund's angular and attentuated lines match the brittle humor of the situation.
Everyone in the scene, including the bust on the table, seems quite pleased with themselves, except for the cranky old man.
One of the first female cartoonists at The New Yorker, Shermund contributed almost 600 cartoons and eight covers to the magazine from its founding year of 1925 through 1944. She also worked for several other book publishers and magazines, including Esquire.
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