May 1919 - December 1979
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Eicke was best known for the 51 covers she did for The New Yorker, nearly all of which showed scenes of childhood. In her early career, she did illustrations for many well known women’s magazines and illustrated children’s books. She was married to the illustrator 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.
“Edna Eicke,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed August 15, 2020, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/1977.