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    HOWARD PYLE (American, 1853-1911)
    "'And who's going to support 'em?' demanded Mrs. Barkley", illustration from Old Chester Tales, by Margaret Deland, 1898
    Oil on cardboard laid on masonite
    17 x 12 in.
    Signed lower right

    According to a Statement of Provenance, Norman Rockwell purchased this Howard Pyle work from a well-known dealer of American illustration art, Helen Card, in the 1950s, and this wonderful scene remained in Rockwell's collection until his death in 1978.

    Rockwell's appreciation of Pyle -- truly the father of American illustration art -- and the profound influence of this most revered master illustrator is illuminated in the Norman Rockwell Museum publication, Off His Walls Selections from the Personal Art Collection of Norman Rockwell. "My hero was Howard Pyle. His pictures always seemed to tell a story. When I looked at one of Pyle's pictures, it was always crammed with detail, each one important to the whole picture and the tale it illustrated." He spoke of Pyle as "an historian with a brush." Such remarks reveal a link between Rockwell and the Golden Age illustrators.

    This illustration was reproduced in Howard Pyle: His Life-His Work, by Paul Preston Davis, Delaware, Oak Knoll Press, 2004, vol. 2, p. 448, illustration MBPI0764.

    PROVENANCE:
    Formerly in the collection of Norman Rockwell.


    More information about HOWARD PYLE, also known as Pyle, Howard, Howard Pyle.



    Condition Report*: When examined outside of the frame moderate frame abrasions to edges are visible; prior to mounting, small pinhole located on central left edge; two cracks in the cardboard are visible in the upper right quadrant with resulting damage to paint layer.  UV examination reveals inpainting to these two areas.  Framed to an overall size of 22 x 17.5 inches. 
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    October, 2010
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
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