Just today I found a tidbit on Pyle, and I thought it was interesting that he illustrated his works while dictating his stories. As I said, he took his illustrations very seriously.
Found on Excellence in Literature:
Based on a March 2014 lecture given by Dr. David Murphy
Howard Pyle with his daughter Phoebe between 1890(?) and 1900, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston
Library of Congress: www.loc.gov
As a teenager, he studied art in Philadelphia with F.A.
Van der Weilen, then began writing and illustrating his own stories.
Pyle’s big break came in 1876 when accepted one of his pieces. He moved to New York City for further art study and continued to do more magazine work. After coming home to Delaware in 1879, Pyle set about writing and illustrating various books, including the , which was published in 1883. By this time, he had published stories and drawings in many different magazines; pirates, patriots, and princesses were common subjects.
a prominent member of the art establishment as well as the illustrator community (which other artists often belittled for being commercial). While Woodrow Wilson was still a history professor (before his presidency), Pyle illustrated Wilson’s book about George Washington–much to Wilson’s delight.
1887, Howard Pyle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
He wrote and illustrated (featuring a tale for every hour in the day), (new fables), , , four volumes on King Arthur, and many other tales as well. He liked to dictate the stories while working on his illustrations. You can see the influence of Albrecht Dürer in his drawing style and perspective.
His stories are amusing, but often have morals too–not always to everyone’s taste, as
(If you look closely, you’ll notice that in many cases, Wyeth’s painting is very similar to Pyle’s drawing of the same scene.) Although he died in 1911, Pyle’s legacy lived on through his students.