The following information was submitted by the artist's daughter, Victoria Davenport:
Edna Eicke was born in May 1919 in Montclair, New Jersey, and studied advertising and fashion at Parsons School of Design. her first job was at Sue Williams's Display Studio in New York (1942-3), where she met Tom Funk, then working as a window-display creator and illustrator.
She left 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, notably, The New Yorker, for which from 1945 she painted fifty-one covers, nearly all depicting scenes of childhood. Many of these were inspired from her own childhood, her life in New York City, and her family.
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.