Biography

Theodorus van Hoytema Biography

Theodorus van Hoytema (Den Haag 1863-1917) achieved fame during his lifetime as a book-illustrator, painter and draughtsman. He is considered to be the most important representative of lithographic work in the Netherlands and his prints are well represented in two Dutch public collections. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam received the complete lithographic oeuvre from Van Hoytema’s friends on the occasion of …

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Kate Greenaway Biography

Kate Greenaway ENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR, 1846-1901 Born Catherine Greenaway, Kate Greenaway be one of the most important and influential illustrator for children of the late nineteenth century, despite shyness and avoidance of publicity. Indeed, a wholeindustry, which included china, fabrics, wallpaper, children’s clothing, and dolls, grew up around her book such as Under the Window (1879), The Language of …

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Beatrix Potter – Biography

POTTER, BEATRIX ENGLISH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, 1866-1943 Beatrix Potter’s legacy to children’s literature include; twenty-three small books and one longer collection of stories. Strict integrity to the natures of her animal char­acters, an ear for striking, precise language, and an eye for detail have made her stories perennial favorites since the early 1900s. Potter insisted that her books, which address …

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Book Illustrators Biographies

Book Illustrators Biographies Here is a list of Golden Age illustrator’s biographies I’ve compiled over the past few years. If you are writing a biography and wanted to add to this section, please contact me. Illustrators: Crane, Walter – Biography Nielsen, Kay – Biography Parrish, Maxfield – Biography Rackham, Arthur – Biography Wyeth, Newell Conyers – Biography  

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Randolph Caldecott Biography

CALDECOTT, RANDOLPH ENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR, 1846-1886. Along with Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott was one of the three great illustrators to work under the auspices of the English printer Edmund Evans and to usher in a golden age of book illustration for children. His style, livelier than Crane’s and more robust than Greenaway’s, is still held up …

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Walter Crane Biography

CRANE, WALTER – ENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR, 1845-1915. Walter Crane was the first of the grand triumvirate in children’s book illustration who worked under the tute­lage of the English printer Edmund Evans. Crane, the son of an artist, developed his artistic talents from an early age and at seventeen exhibited at London’s Royal Academy. As a young teenager, he apprenticed …

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Newell Conyers Wyeth Biography

Wyeth, N.C American Illustrator 1882-1945 WYETH, N. C. AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR, 1882-1945. Howard Pyle’s most famous pupil and closest follower, Newell Conyers Wyeth (known professionally by his initials) had an artistic personality quite distinct, in style and substance, from the Master’s. Raised on a Massachusetts farm staked out by the Wyeths in 1730, he was a vigorous outdoorsman and a keen …

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Kay Nielsen Biography

NIELSEN, KAY DANISH ILLUSTRATOR, 1886-1957 When Kay Nielsen died in California in 1957, he was virtually penniless and forgotten. From the height of his career as a celebrated illustrator of fairy tales, he had seemingly fallen into obscurity at the close of his life. But since his death, Nielsen’s place in history has become universally acknowledged and his name is …

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Maxfield Parrish Biography

PARRISH, MAXFIELD AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR, 1870-1966. Though height of Maxfield Parrish’s career was nearly one hundred years ago, his celebrated illustrations, with intense colors and languid surrealism, seem striking contemporary. Christened Frederick Parrish by his parents, Parrish took his paternal grandmother’s maiden name as his middle name when he began painting professionally, and eventually dropped his given name altogether. Encouraged in …

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Ernest H. Shepard Biography

SHEPARD, E. H. ENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR, 1879-1976. Although Ernest Howard Shepard is best known as the illustrator of works by A. A. MILNE, the 1931 edition of KENNETH GRAHAME’S Wind in the Willows also helped to establish him as one of the foremost illustrators of humorous books for children. Shepard’s mother, the daughter of a well-known watercolor artist, encouraged his early …

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