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Saturday, January 25, 2014

WHS: The New Yorker’s Westport Artists

By James Lomuscio

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The Aug. 20, 1973 New Yorker cover by Albert Hubbell shows the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

One illustration created by Perry Barlow depicts the 1951 bustle of Westport commuters in the inside the southbound Saugatuck train station.

Another from 1960 is artist Arthur Getz’s take on the construction of the Connecticut Turnpike, an undertaking that all but decimated the town’s Saugatuck section.

A third is a 1970s balmy scene of Compo Beach.

What all of these illustrations have in common is not just Westport, but the fact that the graced the covers of the New Yorker—not rare since 16 New Yorker artists lived in and around town from 1925 to 1989, producing a 761 covers for the magazine. And Sunday at 3 p.m. the Westport Historical Society (WHS) will unveil 44 covers that mirror the commuter lifestyle of local New Yorker artists.

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