HOWARD PYLE N.A. (American 1853-1911)
    Street Scene
    Ink on paper
    7in. x 4in. (sight size)
    Inscribed lower left: HP

    Long considered to be the father of American illustration, Howard Pyle was born in Delaware, where he lived his whole life aside from two years spent at the Art Students League in New York City. While still a student, Pyle illustrated for Century Magazine. Other commissions soon followed from Collier's Weekly, Everybody's Magazine, Harper's Weekly, Harper's Monthly, Cosmopolitan, The Ladies' Home Journal, McClure's Magazine, Scribner's, Wide Awake, and St. Nicholas magazines. In 1879, Pyle returned to Delaware and wrote and illustrated a number of books, including Book of Pirates, The Story of King Arthur and his Knights, Men of Iron, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and he also illustrated for the publishers Riverside Press, The Bibliophile Society, Century, Little Brown and Company, Scribner's, and Houghton Mifflin Company.

    Pyle was a master of all forms of media. He excelled in pen and ink, watercolors, oils, pencil, and charcoal, equally well. From his experiences as an art student, he realized that there were no classes geared toward teaching the art of illustration and founded the first school in the nation for illustration at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. Subsequently, Pyle started the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle's school made Wilmington the center of illustration during the turn of the 19th/20th century. Pyle had about 200 students over the course of his teaching career, and helped launch over 80 well-known and very successful illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith, and N.C. Wyeth. During his career, Pyle produced illustrations for nearly 3,500 publications. The Delaware Museum of Art was founded to house Pyle's art work, and his other works can be found in museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gilcrease Museum, NewYork Historical Society, Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Brandywine River Museum.

    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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    October, 2004
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