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Walter Trier, Lilliput cover, 1940s

Walter Trier Lilliput cover, 1940s pen, ink, watercolour and gouache over graphite on paper Art Gallery of Ontario Gift of the Trier Fodor Foundation, 1977 84/577

Walter Trier’s Lilliput Covers

May 2, 2015 – September 13, 2015


The first issue of Lilliput: The Pocket Magazine for Everyone appeared in July 1937. The publication quickly became popular for its small format, whimsical covers and easy-to-digest contents. A welcome distraction for those serving in the Second World War, Lilliput featured entertaining cartoons, short stories by well-known authors and occasional photographs of female nudes.

Illustrator Walter Trier designed all the Lilliput covers – more than 150 ­– from 1937 to 1949. On each cover, he placed a trio of a man, a woman and a little Scottish terrier in a comical situation. Trier called the couple “the embodiment of something eternally amusing.”

In 1976, the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1,100 works by Trier. This small exhibition is selected from the AGO's collection of 30 drawings for Lilliput and a large number of proofs for the original covers.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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