Bacon, Peggy

Bacon, Peggy,

1895–1987, American illustrator, caricaturist, and etcher, b. Ridgefield, Conn. She illustrated more than 60 books including works by George Ade, Carl Sandburg, and Louis Untermeyer, as well as her own poems and her stories for children. Her shrewd and caustic observations have found expression in her writings and in her graphic work. Socialist Meeting (Metropolitan Mus.) is characteristic. Among her published works are Off with Their Heads (1934); Cat-Calls (1935), a volume of light verse; and, for children, The Ghost of Opalina (1967) and Magic Touch (1968). Bacon was married (1920–40) to the painter Alexander BrookBrook, Alexander,
1898–1980, American painter, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Brook's paintings, which are consistently realistic, include portraits, still-life subjects, landscapes, and figures. His color is subtle and reserved.
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Bacon, Peggy (Margaret Francis)

(1895–1987) printmaker, painter, author; born in Ridgefield, Conn. Based in New York City, she studied with John Sloan at the Art Students League, New York (1915–20), and began her work in painting, drypoint etching, and lithography. She illustrated many books for children and adults, and published her witty caricatures of famous literary and artistic personalities, such as Off With Their Heads (1934). She participated in the art colony at Woodstock, N.Y., (1920), returned to New York City (1923), then settled in Maine, where she continued her work for periodicals and resumed a painting career (1950s) she had abandoned in 1920.
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