Leo Cullum was a giant among New Yorker cartoonists, publishing 819 cartoons in the magazine from 1977 to the time of his untimely death in 2010. In his obituary, the New York Times observed Leo's "particular affinity for the animal kingdom" that "extended well beyond dogs, cats and mice." Here's a case in point: an original hand drawn cartoon depicting the personification of elephants. The caption reads "He's expensive, but he's very, very good."
This piece bears a New Yorker production sticker on the reverse side, but we're unable to confirm that it's been published. It is not completely uncommon for the New Yorker to purchase a piece and then decline to run it, so this piece may have fallen into that category. Either way, a boon for the cosmetic surgeon in your life.
Sharpie pen and black ink wash on 11" x 14" Bristol Board. The entire piece is protected by a brown paper overlay. Artist's personal stamp (as well as the New Yorker production sticker) appears on the reverse side along with the caption in the artist's hand. Excellent condition.