Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine Pyle

February 18, 2012 - September 9, 2012

“Frey Mounts the Height of Hlidskialf,” 1930,
frontspiece from Tales from Norse Mythology,
by Katharine Pyle (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1930)
Katharine Pyle (1863-1938)
Oil on illustration board
15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (40 x 30.2 cm)
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edward Wildrick, Jr., 1942
Cover (“The Pink Boy”),ca. 1909 for Women’s Home Companion
(May 1909) | Katharine Pyle (1863-1938) | Oil on canvas |
23 x 18 1/4 x 3/4 in. (58.4 x 46.4 x 1.9 cm) | Private Collection
Katharine Pyle (1863-1938), Howard Pyle’s youngest sibling, emerged as one of Delaware’s most prolific women authors and illustrators. Between 1898 and 1934, she illustrated or wrote and illustrated over 50 books – almost all for children – including fairy tales and animal stories. Largely overshadowed by her more famous brother, this exhibition serves to reintroduce Katharine Pyle to present-day audiences

Organizer & Sponsors

Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine Pyle is made possible by The Starrett Foundation and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund.

Additional support is provided 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

Click here to read a press release about the exhibition.