Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His […]

Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish 1870— 1966 By the time he finished his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the painter-illustrator Parrishwas already a draftsman and colorist of great individuality. In 1896, he and Robert Vonnoh organized a poster exhibition at the Academy. Parrish designed the catalogue cover and the poster (Cat. 133). His entries […]

L. Leslie Brooke

LEONARD LESLIE BROOKE was born at Birkenhead on September 24,1862. He was of Irish ancestry, a descendant of Henry Brooke of County Cavan who wrote The Fool of Quality, a novel in five volumes published in 1766. Childhood was then an unexplored continent. “Children were still the immature young of man; they had not been […]

Edmund Dulac

IF Edmund Dulac had had any voice in the matter he would have chosen some dream city of the Orient for his birthplace, a Persian princess for his mother and an artist of the Ming Dynasty for his father. These would have bestowed upon him racial instincts for the arts he loves best, and Dulac […]

Peter Newell

The 100th Anniversary of Peter Newell’s “The Rocket Book” Launches Author into the Limelight

Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 Years During the Spring of 1852 on March 5, a famous artist was born named Peter Newell. His work touched American readers through his poems and humorous artwork that was printed in publications such as Harper’s Weekly, The Saturday Evening Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. He has become a loved children’s author. Some may […]