Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1905-06-26
Death 1985-06-28
Americans

Biographical notes:

Printmaker, illustrator, writer. Died 1985.

From the description of Lynd Ward bookplates, [undated]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122515240

American artist and author/illustrator of children's books; Caldecott Award winner, 1953 and Caldecott Honor, 1950.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1976. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424387

American artist and author/illustrator of children's book.

From the description of America's Abraham Lincoln : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402310

American artist and author/illustrator of children's books.

From the description of Fog magic : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685813

From the description of North star shining : a pictorial history of the American Negro : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489996

From the description of The little red lighthouse and the great gray bridge : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489995

From the description of The cat who went to heaven : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437329

From the description of Journey into America : prodcution material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424389

From the description of The cat who went to heaven : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424393

From the description of The secret journey of the silver reindeer : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424391

From the description of The cat who went to heaven : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437334

From the description of The American Indian story : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424392

From the description of Runner of the mountain tops : the life of Louis Agassiz : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62424390

From the description of The Swiss family Robinson : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437333

From the description of Johnny Tremain : a novel for old & young : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489994

From the description of America's Ethan Allen : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489991

From the description of Bloomsday for Maggie : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62489993

From the description of John Wesley : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62437330

From the description of The biggest bear : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685812

From the description of Nic of the woods : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62685814

From the description of The golden flash : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402312

From the description of Little Baptiste : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402313

From the description of Brady : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402311

From the description of Gaudenzia : pride of the Palio : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62402317

Illustrator; best known for his wood engravings and woodcuts.

From the description of Proofs and letter, 1947, 1950 Feb. 16. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 25017547

Lynd Kendall Ward, wood engraver, illustrator, and children's book author, was born in Chicago in 1905. He graduated from high school in Englewood, New Jersey, and attended Teacher's College at Columbia University where he majored in fine arts. At Columbia, he met May McNeer and married her in June 1926. They traveled to Europe on their honeymoon and arrived in Leipzig, Germany where Lynd studied wood engraving at the Academy of Graphic Arts under Hans Alexander Mueller. He returned to the United States and embarked upon a career in illustration. In 1929, he published his first wordless novel, Gods' Man, which was the first work of its kind published in the United States. Over the next decade, he printed several more novels featuring his wood engravings. All of them critiqued the greed of the capitalist system and the economic disaster it had imparted upon the world. In 1929, Lynd also illustrated his first children's book, Prince Bantam, which was written by his wife. The outstanding illustrations created by Ward elevated the job of illustration into an art form. During the later years of the Great Depression, Ward served as the Director of the graphic arts division of the Federal Art Project in New York City, but illustration became his primary profession. He illustrated over 100 books during his lifetime, including Newbery Medal winners Johnny Tremain and The Cat who went to heaven. Lynd Ward's greatest success came in 1952 when he won the Caldecott Medal for the book he wrote and illustrated, The Biggest bear. Over his career, Lynd won the Zella de Milhau prize, the Library of Congress award for wood engraving, and the silver medallion from University of Southern Mississippi. Ward was respected by his peers. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and served as President of the Society of American Graphic Design from 1953-1959. Lynd Ward died in 1985 from Alzheimer's disease two days after his 80th birthday.

From the description of Lynd Ward papers, 1946-1962. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 53148185

Lynd Ward was an artist represented at the Weyhe Gallery. He was also associated with the American Artists' Congress and the Society of American Graphic Artists.

From the description of Correspondence : with Carl Zigrosser, 1937-1971. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155899753

American children's author/illustrator, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1905. This award-winning artist established his reputation as a wood engraver, also working in watercolor, oil lithography, and mezzotint.

From the description of Papers, 1951-1974. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 26753777

Lynd Kendall Ward, wood engraver, illustrator, and children's book author, was born in Chicago in 1905. He graduated from high school in Englewood, New Jersey, and attended Teacher's College at Columbia University where he majored in fine arts. At Columbia, he met May McNeer and married her in June 1926. They traveled to Europe on their honeymoon and arrived in Leipzig, Germany where Lynd studied wood engraving at the Academy of Graphic Arts under Hans Alexander Mueller. He returned to the United States and embarked upon a career in illustration. In 1929, he published his first wordless novel, Gods' Man, which was the first work of its kind published in the United States. Over the next decade, he printed several more novels featuring his wood engravings. All of them critiqued the greed of the capitalist system and the economic disaster it had imparted upon the world. In 1929, Lynd also illustrated his first children's book, Prince Bantam, which was written by his wife. The outstanding illustrations created by Ward elevated the job of illustration into an art form. During the later years of the Great Depression, Ward served as the Director of the graphic arts division of the Federal Art Project in New York City, but illustration became his primary profession. He illustrated over 100 books during his lifetime, including Newbery Medal winners Johnny Tremain and The Cat who went to Heaven . Lynd Ward's greatest success came in 1952 when he won the Caldecott Medal for the book he wrote and illustrated, The Biggest Bear . Over his career, Lynd won the Zella de Milhau prize, the Library of Congress award for wood engraving, and the silver medallion from University of Southern Mississippi. Ward was respected by his peers. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and served as President of the Society of American Graphic Design from 1953-1959. Lynd Ward died in 1985 from Alzheimer's disease two days after his 80th birthday

From the guide to the Lynd Ward papers, 1946-1962, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

Lynd Kendall Ward was born June 26, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York and received his B.S. in 1926, and later studied art in Leipzig, Germany. He married May Yonge McNeer, the children's author and his frequent collaborator, and had two children. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Lynd Ward was well-known as a graphic artist and illustrator, illustrating his own works and others for adults and children. Lynd Ward began illustrating children's books in the 1920s. He was awarded a Caldecott Honor for America's Ethan Allen in 1950, and in 1953 won the Caldecott for The Biggest Bear, a story that drew on his love of nature and the outdoors and summers spent as a child in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Ward also illustrated the Newbery Award winner The Cat Who Went to Heaven, originally published in 1930, and did additional illustrations for subsequent editions, as well as illustrating other Newbery award and honor books, including Johnny Tremain . Lynd Ward was known for his woodcuts, but he worked in a variety of media, including ink, tempera, and watercolor. Lynd Ward died June 28, 1985, in Reston, Virginia.

From the guide to the Lynd Ward Papers, 1930-1976, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

Printmaker, illustrator, writer. Died 1985.

Illustrated over 100 books. President, Society of American Graphic Artists, 1953-1959.

From the description of Lynd Ward papers, 1934-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122394826

Lynd Ward: Printmaker, illustrator, writer. Died 1985. May McNeer: Children's book author. Died 1994.

Born Chicago, Lynd Kendall Ward majored in Fine Arts at the Teachers College, Columbia University, where he illustrated school publications until his graduation in 1926. In the same year he married May McNeer of Tampa, Florida. They collaborated on many books written by McNeer and illustrated by Ward. Between 1926 and 1927, Ward studied at the National Academy for Graphic Arts in Leipzig, Germany, working with Alois Kolb, George Mathey, and Hans A. Mueller. Ward was a prolific graphic artist, illustrating over one hundred books including GODS' MAN and other woodcut novels produced between 1929 and 1937.

From the description of Lynd Ward and May McNeer papers, 1929-1981. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122599463

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