Howard Pyle collection
Held at: Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections [Contact Us]W. W. Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Howard Pyle, b. Wilmington, Del., Mar. 5, 1853, d. Nov. 9, 1911, was a noted American illustrator and author whose work is characterized by an imaginative and colorful realism and attention to historical detail. He illustrated numerous historical and adventure stories for such periodicals as Harper's Weekly and St. Nicholas as well as his own books for children, including The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883) and Otto of the Silver Hand (1888). In his later years Pyle devoted most of his time to teaching such illustrators of the succeeding generation of the American Brandywine school as Maxfield Parrish, Frank E. Schoonover, Jessie Wilcox Smith, and N. C. Wyeth. Pyle taught and headed the Drexel Institute's School of Illustration from 1894 to 1900.
This collection contains correspondence and pamphlets documenting Howard Pyle's time as an instructor in the school of illustration at Drexel. It also includes publications and other printed matter written about Pyle after his death in 1911. Items in the Howard Pyle collection were found in among unrelated records in the archives. Portions of the collection have been annotated by Harriet Worrell, a Drexel alumna and employee who was actively involved in researching and documenting the history of the Drexel Institute.
This collection is partially digitized but not yet available online. Please to request scans of any items or to schedule a visit to the archives.
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