32. Dorothy McKay

32. Dorothy McKay

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Dorothy McKay

Waiter telling off guest at garden party.

“Just grab one, madam, and cut out the twittering!”

Magazine cartoon, Esquire, September 25, 1937;

Brush and ink with graphite, 13 x 11" signed lower left.
Very good condition overall: light surface grime; archivally matted but not framed.

McKay was the first female cartoonist to work for Esquire, considered a bastion of maleness, and in the very beginning (1934), she was even discouraged from signing her work with her first name.

Note in margin reads: “Idea — Walter Schmidt”. Usually McKay wrote her own gag lines, but this one must have been submitted by a friend or a reader.

(Entry and authentication by Roger T. Reed)