Book Illustrator Biographies

Florence Mary Anderson Biography

Florence Mary Anderson nee MacArthur.  '"Molly" MacArthur, the artist and stage designer, was born in Chelsea, London on 27th October 1893, the second child of the Liberal MP William MacArthur and Florence Creemer (nee Clarke).  She was trained at the Westminster School of Art and was registered as a student...

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...

Kate Greenaway Biography

Kate GreenawayENGLISH ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR, 1846-1901Born 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...

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...

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...

Maxfield Parrish Biography

PARRISH, MAXFIELDAMERICAN 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...

Arthur Rackham Biography

RARTHUR RACKHAM, BRITISH ILLUSTRATOR, 1867-1939.Of all those illustrators to follow in the footsteps of Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, perhaps none had a greater sense of mystery and magic than Arthur Rackham. Yet Rackham had a conventional training as an insurance. Like Caldecott, he loved drawing from a...

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...

Kay Nielsen Biography

NIELSEN, KAY DANISH ILLUSTRATOR, 1886-1957When 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...

Newell Conyers Wyeth Biography

Wyeth, N.C American Illustrator 1882-1945WYETH, 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...

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