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Howard Pyle Exhibit

Howard Pyle
(5 Mar 1853 to 9 Nov 1911) 

The Howard Pyle Exhibit is currently at home in Green Bay. Click here to request information on displaying all or part of the collection at your institution.

Colonel Rhett and the Pirate: the
capture of pirate Stede Bonnet
by Colonel William Rhett
in September 1781
Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. He is known as the Father of American Illustration. His paintings, books and magazine illustrations were highly sought after in the late 19th century. The Antiquarians own 22 of his spectacular paintings. They were purchased from the Library in 2007. The Pyle paintings became a part of the Library’s collection due to the close friendship of Pyle and Alonzo Kimball. This collection reflects all of the major types of subjects that Pyle painted, including adventure fiction, (Illustrated works of Robin Hood, pirates and King Arthur), American colonial life, and mystical subjects. The Travels of the Souls feature four of Pyle’s most treasured works. They were painted to illustrate a piece he wrote for the 1902 Christmas issue of The Century.

Pyle trained dozens of artists and his students dominated American illustration for a generation. In addition, he was close friends with Mark Twain, Oliver Wendall Holmes, President Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (before his presidency).

The Antiquarian collection is the third largest collection of Pyle’s work, following the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania, and the Boston Public Library.

Click here for a complete list and gallery of all Howard Pyle paintings in the collection.

See also, Howard Pyle in Wisconsin Teacher's Resource Guide

A Pennsylvania Cave Dwelling