Pentagram Papers 43: Drawing McCarthy is a publication by Pentagram that compiles a collection of drawings that depict the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.  The series of drawings were made by Pentagram partner Emily Oberman’s mother, Arline Simon, directly from the hearings as they aired on live television in 1954.

Arline Simon noted in the book that “When I began to draw I didn’t realise that I would be drawing history in the making”.




It’s interesting to consider how the physiognomic commentary made by Arline’s illustrations took place ‘on-location’ in a seemingly different but similar manner.


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