“So Beautifully Illustrated” – Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of Illustration

October 6, 2012 - January 6, 2013

1982-7 After studying with Howard Pyle, Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878–1966) began her career in 1900 as an illustrator of articles and stories for adults and children, advertisements, fashion features, and magazine covers. Especially known for over 60 popular magazine covers, Wireman ably adapted her versatile style to a variety of subjects through the mid-twentieth century.

Mrs. Cooper’s Eyes Too Were Glittering.  She Was Fascinated by Florida Lee1912, for “Florida Lee,” by A. Brown, in Harper’s Bazar, December 1912
Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878-1966)
Charcoal on illustration board, 17 1/2 x 17 5/8 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Gayle and Alene Hoskins Endowment Fund, 1982
DAM 1982-7


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Old Man and Boy with Toy Steam Enginecover for The Country Gentleman, December 16, 1916
Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878-1966)
Oil on illustration board, 24 1/2 x 20 3/8 inches
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Sharon S. Galm, 2011
DAM 2011-17
Two Young Women Collecting Acorns, cover for Collier’s WeeklyOctober 5, 1912
Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878‑1966)
Oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 18 3/4
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Robert Lynn Ellis and Melinda Lou Ellis, 2013
DAM 2013-3


“So Beautifully Illustrated” – Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of Illustration was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

This exhibition was made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts