American Illustration

Wilmington-native Howard Pyle (1853-1911) filled his riveting pictures with drama and emotion and inspired generations of illustrators and movie directors. His iconic pirate figures come alive through his use of historical and folkloric details and serve as the inspiration for pirates in popular culture to this day. His rapid rise to popularity was due to his remarkable gift for seizing and expressing the dramatic gist of a story. An articulate and demanding teacher, he communicated this skill to his many students, teaching them to put themselves “in the picture.” The Museum also displays a number of works by Pyle’s students, including N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frank E. Schoonover, and other famous illustrators.

Click here to learn more about the life and work of Howard Pyle.

Click on the images below for examples from our collection.

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Howard Pyle
The Mermaid
Howard Pyle
Hopalong Takes…
Frank Earle Schoonover