Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911

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American illustrator and writer of children's books.

From the description of Howard Pyle letter to Elmer Reynolds July 2, 1887. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 13054039

Illustrator, muralist, writer, art teacher, of Wilmington, Del.

From the description of Howard Pyle manuscript collection, 1898-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70977558

Illustrator and children's book author; Wilmington, Del.

From the description of Howard Pyle letters, 1894 Aug. 19-1899 Nov. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122370540

American artist and author.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Wilmington, Delaware, to Mr. F.A. Duneka, of Harper & Brothers, 1905 Dec. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615907

From the description of Autograph letters signed, letters signed, typewritten letters signed, autograph postal card signed, autograph bill, and telegrams (66) : Wilmington, Del., etc., addressed to members of the art and literary departments at Harper & Brothers, 1890 Jan. 24-1895 Aug. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615904

Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and writer from Wilmington, Delaware.

From the guide to the Howard Pyle letter to Elmer Reynolds, July 2, 1887, (Ohio University)

Pyle, an American illustrator, noted for his illustrations of children's classical tales.

From the description of [Letters, 1895-1905] / Howard Pyle. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 319637737

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.

From the description of Howard Pyle collection, 1894-1940. (Drexel University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62075793

Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911) was an illustrator and author, best known for his work in books for young people, such as The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and King Arthur . He founded the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art and his students included, among others, N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Elenore Abbott.

From the guide to the Howard Pyle Etchings, 1902-1903, (Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives)

American artist Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a popular illustrator, producing content for both magazines and books, as well as a painter.

He was the son of William Pyle, a leather manufacturer, and Margaret Churchman Painter Pyle. Pyle's formal art education consisted of three years of study with the Antwerp-trained artist, Van der Weilen, in Philadelphia from 1869–1872. Following the publication of an illustrated article in Scribners Magazine in 1876, Pyle moved to New York where he attended classes at the Art Students League and continued to produce short tales and illustrations for magazines such as Harper's Weekly and St. Nicholas. In 1879, Pyle moved back to Wilmington; he continued to contribute work to popular magazines and also obtained assignments for book illustrations and began to write and illustrate his own books. Among his best-known early works was an illustrated adaptation of the Robin Hood legends The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883). For much of his career Pyle produced similar works with a particular emphasis on Arthurian and medieval legends, American colonial tales, adventure stories, and books for children. Pyle also produced illustrations for books by prominent authors of his time including William Dean Howells, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Van Dyke, James Branch Cabell, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

Although Pyle is regarded as one of the pre-eminent illustrators of his time, he also maintained a successful painting career. In addition, he was a respected teacher at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia (where he was appointed director of the School of Illustration), at the Art Institute in Chicago, and at the Art Student League in New York. In 1898, Pyle, with financial backing from Drexel, founded a summer art school at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; the summer school proved successful and continued until 1903. In 1900, Pyle resigned his position at Drexel and founded the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington. Pyle's former students include many of the best-known American illustrators of the period including Elizabeth Shippen Green, Thornton Oakley, Violet Oakley, N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Frank Schoonover.

In 1905, Pyle ceased his work as a formal art teacher, though he continued to lecture and advise former students. His illustration career remained highly successful and he also began to receive commissions for murals. In 1910 Pyle traveled to Italy to study murals. Howard Pyle died during that trip on November 9, 1911 in Florence, Italy.

Agosta, Lucien L. Howard Pyle . Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.

From the guide to the Howard Pyle correspondence, 1890–1904, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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referencedIn Delaware clippings and scrapbook collection, 1818-1973, bulk 1950-1969. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf St. Nicholas Magazine. Papers, 1870-1925. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
creatorOf Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909. Frederic Remington papers, 1880-1908. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ellyson, J. Taylor (James Taylor), 1847-1919. Papers of James Taylor Ellyson 1865, 1896-1910. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Howard Pyle letter to Elmer Reynolds July 2, 1887. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Clara T. Evans bookplate collection, circa 1740-1960, (bulk 1890-1940). Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Edgar, William C. (William Crowell), 1856-1932. William C. Edgar and family papers, 1832-1949. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Arthurs, Stanley Massey, 1877-1950. Stanley Massey Arthurs collection, 1896-1974. Delaware Art Museum
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Letter : Wilmington, Del., to Mr. Oberholtzer, 1908 Jan. 3. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Stephens, Alice Barber, 1858-1932. Alice Barber Stephens papers, 1884-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894. Oliver Wendell Holmes papers, 1855-1893. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Howard Pyle manuscript collection, 1898-1988. Delaware Art Museum
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Papers of Howard Pyle [manuscript] 1887-1911. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Merle De Vore Johnson papers, 1849-1935, 1926-1935 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thornton Oakley collection of Howard Pyle and his students, Bulk, 1887-1951, 1841-1992 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
creatorOf Bechtel, Louise Seaman, b. 1894. Papers, 1877-1980, 1913-1980 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. The Longfellow birthday-book, 1881. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Letter, 1900 December 18, Wilmington, Delaware [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Howard Pyle. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Lamb, Rose. Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk, circa 1870-1900. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Howard Pyle 1853-1911 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Howe, Will David, 1873-1946. Irvington Athenaeum collection, 1900-1906. Butler University Libraries
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. [Letters, 1895-1905] / Howard Pyle. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919. Kenyon Cox papers, circa 1860-1922. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. John Ferguson Weir papers, 1838-1957 (inclusive), 1861-1928 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Brincklé, Gertrude,. Oral history interview with Gertrude Brinckle, 1966 Apr. 7 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Letters : of Woodrow Wilson, 1889-1907 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Photograph, 1896. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Howard Pyle correspondence, 1890–1904 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Seabury, Channing, 1842-1910. Channing Seabury and family papers, 1854-1955, 1987-1988. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913. Reuben T. Durrett added papers, 1883-1910. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Delaware clippings and scrapbook collection, 1818–1973, 1950–1969 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Oakley, Thornton, 1881-1953. Thornton Oakley collection of Howard Pyle and his students, 1841-1992 1887-1951. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Autograph letters signed, letters signed, typewritten letters signed, autograph postal card signed, autograph bill, and telegrams (66) : Wilmington, Del., etc., addressed to members of the art and literary departments at Harper & Brothers, 1890 Jan. 24-1895 Aug. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Schoonover, Frank Earle, 1877-1972. Frank Schoonover interview, 1966 Apr. 6. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Letter, 1900 December 12, Wilmington, Delaware [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Howard Pyle. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn A Collection of material about Howard Pyle, 1892-1935. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Howard Pyle letter to Elmer Reynolds, July 2, 1887 Ohio University
referencedIn Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Abbott, Charles D. (Charles David), 1900-1961. Charles D. Abbott papers, 1919-1979 bulk [1919-1961]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Anthony, Alfred Williams, 1860-1939. Alfred Williams Anthony papers, [ca. 1880-1930]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Juvenilia and childhood correspondence, 1867-1922. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn World culture scrapbook ca. 1876-1885. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Oakley, Violet, 1874-1961. Violet Oakley papers, 1897-1985. Delaware Art Museum
creatorOf Evans, Clara Therese,. Clara T. Evans bookplate collection, circa 1740-1960 (bulk 1890-1940). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Blacque, Valentine Alexander. Valentine A. Blacque papers, 1882-1897. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Letter : Wilmington, Del., to Henry Mills Alden, 1890 Mar. 23. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton papers, 1773-1932 (inclusive) 1833-1895 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rose Lamb papers, circa 1870-1961, bulk circa 1870-1900 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Howard Pyle etchings, 1903. Boise State University, Albertsons Library
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Typewritten letter signed : Wilmington, Delaware, to Mr. F.A. Duneka, of Harper & Brothers, 1905 Dec. 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. Rudyard Kipling collection, 1881-1960 (bulk 1890-1920). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Additional papers, 1839-1895. Houghton Library.
referencedIn University of Virginia. Library. Exhibition labels from exhibits honoring Virginia authors, & American illustrators Howard Pyle, Frederick Remington, & Newell Convers Wyeth [manuscript] 1969 & 70. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harper, Henry Howard, 1871-. Letters, 1901-1917. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Brincklé, Gertrude. Gertrude Brinckle interview, 1966 Apr. 7. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pyle,Howard, 1853-1911. Letter, 1900 July 31, Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Howard Pyle. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Players (Club). Players Club letters, 1848-1941. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Schoonover, Frank Earle, 1877-1972. Oral history interview with Frank Schoonover, 1966 Apr. 6 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Oakley, Thornton, 1881-1953. Thornton Oakley papers, 1904-1983. Delaware Art Museum
referencedIn Conwell School of Theology. Art and artifacts collection, 1285-1935. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Philip R. Goodwin Collection, 1893-1935 McCracken Research Library , Buffalo Bill Historical Center
creatorOf Bechtel, Louise Seaman, b. 1894. Louise Seaman Bechtel papers, 1877-1980, 1913-1980 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Howard Pyle collection, 1894-1940. Drexel University Libraries, W. W. Hagerty Library
referencedIn Howard Pyle [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. Correspondence, 1851-1928. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Letter, 1923 September 19, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Howard Pyle. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Howard Pyle Etchings, 1902-1903 Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Houghton family correspondence concerning Henry Oscar Houghton biography, 1878-1931. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents, 1891-1892. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Yeats, Jack Butler, 1871-1957. Letters : Dublin, to Seymour Adelman, Chester, Pa., 1927-1956. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Marvin, Samuel W. Autograph collection, 1815-1917. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954,. The P. S. du Pont Office Collection, 1749-1939. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pyle, Howard : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945. N.C. Wyeth papers, 1904-1995. Delaware Art Museum
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. [Wood block for Harper's new monthly magazine] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn True, Allen Tupper, 1881-1955. Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946. Albert and Marie Sterner letters received, 1899-1945. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Allen Tupper True and True family papers, 1841-1987 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Drexel Institute of Technology. Drexel Institute of Technology records, 1892-1935. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brady, Cyrus Townsend, 1861-1920. Letter 1907, Jan. 07, Toledo, Ohio to Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island / Cyrus Townsend Brady. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Valentine A. Blacque papers, 1882-1897 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Eggleston, Edward, 1837-1902. Papers of Edward Eggleston [manuscript], 1867-1900. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Saint Botolph Club (Boston, Mass.). Saint Botolph Club exhibition catalogs, 1892-1906. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bates, Bertha Corson Day, 1875-1968. Bertha Corson Day Bates collection, 1864-1978. Delaware Art Museum
referencedIn Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1922 September 9, Staten Island [to] Charles David Abbott, Unknown / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1922 September 9, Staten Island, [to] Charles Daid Abbott, Unknown / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911. Howard Pyle letters, 1894 Aug. 19-1899 Nov. 14. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Arthurs, Stanley Massey, 1877-1950. person
correspondedWith Bates, Bertha Corson Day, 1875-1968. person
associatedWith Bechtel, Louise Seaman, b. 1894. person
associatedWith Blacque, Valentine Alexander person
associatedWith Blacque, Valentine Alexander. person
associatedWith Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, 1848-1895 person
associatedWith Brady, Cyrus Townsend, 1861-1920. person
associatedWith Brincklé, Gertrude. person
associatedWith Brokaw, Howard P. person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Charles Scribner's Sons, corporateBody
associatedWith Clara Therese, Evans person
associatedWith Conwell School of Theology. corporateBody
associatedWith Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919. person
associatedWith Day, F. Holland (Fred Holland), 1864-1933 person
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associatedWith Drexel Institute of Technology. corporateBody
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associatedWith Edgar, William C. (William Crowell), 1856-1932. person
associatedWith Eggleston, Edward, 1837-1902. person
associatedWith Ellyson, J. Taylor (James Taylor), 1847-1919. person
associatedWith Evans, Clara Therese, person
associatedWith Fairchild, Mrs., person
associatedWith Frost, A. B. (Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928 person
associatedWith Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909 person
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associatedWith J. J. & Co., corporateBody
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associatedWith Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. person
associatedWith Lamb, Rose person
associatedWith Lamb, Rose. person
associatedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
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associatedWith Lykes, Richard Wayne. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
associatedWith Marvin, Samuel W. person
associatedWith Mason, O. V., person
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associatedWith Morse, Willard S. (Willard Samuel), 1856-1935. person
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associatedWith Turner, Ross, 1847-1915. person
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associatedWith Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Yeats, Jack Butler, 1871-1957. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Delaware--Wilmington
United States
United States
Delaware--Wilmington
Subject
Art, American--20th century--Exhibitions
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911
Arts
etching (printing process)
Mural painting and decoration
Illustration of books
Bibliophile Society (Boston, Mass.)
Bicknell, William Harry Warren, 1860-1947
Art--Study and teaching
Illustrators
Authors
Art, American
Occupation
Artists
Illustrators--Delaware--Wilmington
Authors, American--Delaware--Wilmington
Artists--Delaware--Wilmington
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Person

Birth 1853-03-05

Death 1911-11-09

Americans

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