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Society of Illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced the inductees to their class of 2019 Hall of Fame
and, as has been customary for the past 60 years, cartoonists are among the chosen.



Mary Petty (1899–1976) was a self-taught, prolific illustrator of books and magazines whose works appeared regularly on the covers of The New Yorker. In total, Petty completed 273 drawings and 38 covers for the publication. Her work often depicted the New York elite, centering around the characters of the Peabody family including Mrs.Peabody and her maid, Fay. During her lifetime, Petty exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Today, her art resides in the permanent collection of several prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Wichita Art Museum. The largest single collection of her work was gifted to Syracuse University by the artist.

A gallery of Mary Petty art can be viewed at




Frank Godwin (1889–1959), was an American illustrator and comic strip artist. Born in Washington D.C., Godwin worked as a young man for his father’s paper, The Washington Star. Godwin studied at the Art Students League in NYC. His book illustrations were featured in classic best-sellers Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood and King Arthur. He is most recognized for his comic strips Connie and Rusty Riley. Additionally, he was a prolific editorial and advertising illustrator. A Society of Illustrators vice-president, Godwin was also a member of the National Press Club and the Dutch Treat and Salmagundi clubs.

A portfolio of (mostly Rusty Riley) Frank Godwin illustrations can be enjoyed at comicartfans.




Roz Chast’s work has appeared in numerous magazines through the years, including The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook and Mother Jones, but she is most closely associated with The New Yorker. Chast attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting. After graduating in 1977 she returned to New York City, where she quickly established her cartooning career. In addition to collections of her New Yorker cartoons, Chast has written and illustrated a range of books. Her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (2017), a personalized travel guide to New York City that began as a going-away present to her youngest child, who was moving from the family’s home in Connecticut to attend SVA. Her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (2014) won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for a National Book Award.

Roz Chast’s homepage has more of her handiwork.




Other 2019 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame inductees are…

Vincent Di Fate


Mark Summers



Alice Barber Stephens


The Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame page.





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