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Pyle, Howard,

1853–1911, American illustrator and writer, b. Wilmington, Del., studied at the Art Students League, New York City. His illustrations appeared regularly in Harper's Weekly, and in many other American magazines. He both wrote and illustrated tales of chivalry and adventure for young people, among them The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883), The Wonder Clock (1888), The Garden Behind the Moon (1895), and The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (1903). His illustrations are of marked individuality. Scenes from both medieval folklore and American history are rendered with engaging simplicity and penetrating realism. Pyle's reconstructions of the past, of which he had an exhaustive knowledge, were uniquely believable. He also painted murals and taught painting. In 1894 he became director of illustration at Drexel Institute, Philadelphia. In 1900 he started the Howard Pyle School of Art next to his own studio in Wilmington, and classes were offered free to a limited number of students. A large collection of his pictures is preserved at the Delaware Art Museum.


See biography by E. Nesbitt (1966); H. C. Pitz, The Brandywine Tradition (1969); H. C. Coyle, Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered (2011).

Pyle, Howard

(1853–1911) illustrator, teacher; born in Wilmington, Del. He studied in Philadelphia (1869–72), illustrated historical events and characters for major publishers and periodicals, established a studio in New York (1876–80), returned to Wilmington (1880), and established the Brandywine School (1900). His pupils included Maxfield Parrish and N. C. Wyeth.
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He built three new studios adjoining his own and called the undertaking the Howard Pyle School of Art.
(14.) There is some mystery as to when exactly Violet Oakley began to study with Howard Pyle, to whom scholars attribute the most influence over her early art and the most credit for her early successes.
In fact, the King Arthur stories, Robin Hood, The Garden beyond the Moon, Men of Iron, The Wonder Clock, and Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates have all enjoyed new editions since 2002 (including a Chinese adaptation of Robin Hood).
Here the Lupacks' 'America' suddenly becomes a more complex, conflicted place than it is elsewhere in the book, where it is forever Americanizing and democratizing with the same highmindedness as Howard Pyle's goody-goody heroes.
Even after a 1943 fire devastated Rockwell's Arlington, Vt., studio, including "all my antiques, my favorite covers and illustrations which I'd kept over the years, my costumes, my collections of old guns, animal skulls, Howard Pyle prints, my paints, brushes, easel, my file of clippings--everything," he made sure to bring Pyle's imagery back into view.
The first images selected for publishing include "The Mermaid" by Howard Pyle; "Summertime" by Edward Hopper; "Milking Time" by Winslow Homer; "Lady Lilith" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti; "Mary Magdalene" by Rossetti; "Spring Rain" by John Sloan and Ernest Lawson's "Washington Bridge."
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My one wish at this time was to make painting my lifework, but while studying at the Howard Pyle summer school at Chadds Ford, I met Howard's younger brother Walter, to whom I became engaged soon after leaving school.
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Alexander, Howard Pyle, and Winslow Homer; and serials by Howells, Henry James, C.D.
HOWARD PYLE (1853-1911) was one of America's most popular illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in the publishing industry.