Howard Pyle: His Life, His Work


By Howard Pyle and Paul Preston Davis Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2005

Hardcover with dust jacket, 906 pages

Two volume set See Special Collector’s Edition.

At the dawn of the 20th century, Howard Pyle was America’s most famous and influential illustrator. Through the illustrated pages of Harper’s, Scribner’s and Century magazines, the American public first became acquainted with the illustrator that they would come to love. Both by example and through his teaching, Pyle molded and influenced generations of young artists who have continued his unique vision of illustration far beyond his own lifetime.

Published 93 years after the death of Howard Pyle, this book celebrates the enduring and far-reaching achievements of America’s foremost illustrator. Illustrated with over 3300 images, this important research tool represents the complete record of all known Howard Pyle illustrations, hundreds of which have not been reproduced since their original publication over 100 years ago.

Paul Preston Davis, with exhaustive research and dogged perseverance, has produced a much-needed resource for the study of Howard Pyle and American illustration. His work greatly expands upon the data originally collected by Willard S. Morse and Gertrude Brincklé in 1921.

For the first time, full-color images (approx. 1.25 x 2.25 inches) of each of Pyle’s published and unpublished works are provided in a single source. Most importantly for the researcher, Davis has indexed and re-indexed the information, creating a tool that is as easy to use as it is valuable.

This remarkable and comprehensive set of books embodies years of research and will be valued and treasured by researchers, scholars, librarians, and collectors alike. Co-published with Oak Knoll Press.


“A monumental work of research and identification. Davis has created the definitive reference on Pyle.”

“Howard Pyle was a seminal figure for generations of artists. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the history of American illustration.”

– Christine Podmaniczky
Associate Curator, Brandywine River Museum

“Mr. Davis has provided us with an astoundingly comprehensive resource for the study of this most prolific of artists.”

– Stephen T. Bruni
Former Director, Delaware Art Museum

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