Permanent Collection Highlights

The Last Amateur: The Life of William J. Stillman

by Stephen L. Dyson (Author)

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Excelsior Editions (August 12, 2014)

The authoritative biography of a nineteenth-century polymath.

This fascinating biography tells the story of William J. Stillman (1828–1901), a nineteenth-century polymath. Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, Stillman attended Union College and began his career as a Hudson River School painter after an apprenticeship with Frederic Edwin Church. In the 1850s, he was editor of The Crayon, the most important journal of art criticism in antebellum America. Later, after a stint as an explorer-promoter of the Adirondacks, he became the American consul in Rome during the Civil War. When his diplomatic career brought him to Crete, he developed an interest in archaeology and later produced photographs of the Acropolis, for which he is best known today. In yet another career switch, Stillman became a journalist, serving as a correspondent for The Times of London in Rome and the Balkans. In 1871, he married his second wife, Marie Spartali, a Pre-Raphaelite painter, and continued to write about history and art until his death. One of the later products of the American Enlightenment, he lived a life that intersected with many strands of American and European culture. Stillman can indeed be called “the last amateur.”

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The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin

by Various (Author), Dinah Roe (Editor, Introduction)

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics

The Pre-Raphaelite Movement began in 1848, and experienced its heyday in the 1860s and 1870s. Influenced by the then little-known Keats and Blake, as well as Wordsworth, Shelley and Coleridge, Pre-Raphaelite poetry “etherialized sensation” (in the words of Antony Harrison), and popularized the notion ofl’art pour l’art—art for art’s sake. Where Victorian realist novels explored the grit and grime of the Industrial Revolution, Pre-Raphaelite poems concentrated on more abstract themes of romantic love, artistic inspiration and sexuality. Later they attracted Aesthetes and Decadents like Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Ernest Dowson, not to mention Gerard Manley Hopkins and W.B. Yeats.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The Pre-Raphaelites: An Anthology of Poetry by Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Others

by Jerome H. Buckley

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

This standard anthology presents major Pre-Raphaelite poets: Dante Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Morris, Swinburne and George Meredith. Minor Pre-Raphaelite poets: William Michael Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, Elizabeth Siddal Rossetti, William Allingham, Richard Watson Dixon, Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Philip Bourke Marston, Theodore WattsDunton. Polemic, Parody, and Criticism: John Ruskin, Robert Buchanan, Dante Rossetti, W.H. Mallock, Henry Duff Traill; W.S. Gilbert, Oscar Wilde, and Walter Pater.

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John Sloan on Drawing and Painting

By John Sloan

Publisher: Dover Publications, April 18, 2000

Paperback: 272 pages

A highly regarded member of the Ashcan School of American painting, John Sloan (1871–1951) was also an influential teacher at New York’s Art Students League. His dual experience as a realist painter and a graphics illustrator helped equip Sloan with the uncommon capacity to instruct students in both representational and abstract art. Now, with this illustrated, practical record of his teachings, readers can benefit from the depth and variety of Sloan’s talks on art theory and practice.
Transcribed and edited by Helen Farr, a student whom Sloan later married, the discussions begin with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, including considerations of line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique (gesso grounds, tempera, and glazing), etching, and other media (aquatint, lithography, and watercolor). Sloan’s discussion of color in the chapter on oil painting is especially detailed, with notes on harmony, use of set palettes, underpainting and glazing, line work, and much more.
Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and recommended exercise, along with Sloan’s personal opinions of Dürer, Rubens, El Greco, and other masters, and his insights into their work: “Go to the masters to learn how to draw and paint. Study them, particularly the work you don’t like. That is the road to advancement, that is the way to learn. But get your impulse to work from life.”
This invaluable summary of art theory and practice—by one of the great artists and teachers of the twentieth century—is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan’s paintings.

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John Sloan’s New York

Published by The Delaware Museum of Art, November 29, 2007

Paperback: 208 pages

John Sloan (1871–1951) began his career as a commercial newspaper artist in Philadelphia where he studied with Robert Henri. Following Henri to New York, Sloan joined a small circle of eight talented artists whose dissatisfaction with the dominating National Academy led to a protest exhibit in 1908, the emergence of a powerful movement for change in American art, and ultimately to the famous Armory Show of 1913. It was in part Sloan’s dark palette and views of city streets and working-class life that gave rise to the epithet now used to describe the works of the “Ashcan School.”

 

Sloan’s compelling images of New York City are the subject of this generously illustrated book. His paintings, drawings, and prints clearly reflect his own experience of the city as he walked its neighborhoods and observed human dramas played out in streets and apartments. The contributors to the volume investigate a variety of topics, including Sloan’s understanding of the urban experience in America, his interest in social reform, his fascination with moving pictures and cinema aesthetics, and his relationship with Henri. The authors also situate Sloan’s paintings within the geography and social fabric of New York.

 

John Sloan’s New York presents a unique perspective on New York and its people and also on the artist himself, who was captivated by the soul of the city.

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The Story of Jack Ballister’s Fortunes

Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications, 2008 (originally published 1897)
Paperback, 358 pages

Young Jack Ballister, an English orphan, is kidnapped and sent to America. He is sold into slavery on a Virginia Tobacco plantation in 1719. He then stumbles onto a savage plot by pirates who are under the command of the sinister Captain Edward Teach, who is none other than the infamous Blackbeard!

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Men of Iron

By Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications, 2003
Paperback, 224 pages

Master storyteller Howard Pyle at his best, incorporating fascinating historical information about life in a medieval castle, knighthood, and chivalry into the fast-moving and entertaining story of young Myles Falworth’s fight to restore his family’s rights and good name.

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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications; New Ed edition, 1965
Paperback, 313 pages

The thrilling and timeless legend, masterfully illustrated.

The story of the incomparable Arthur, the lovely Guinevere, the wicked Morgana le Fey, and the magical Merlin has enthralled and delighted readers for centuries.

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Otto of the Silver Hand

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by New York, Dover Publications, 1967
Paperback, 173 pages

A rich and engrossing thread of romance runs through this tale of a motherless son of a valiant robber baron of Medieval Germany. Young Otto is raised in a monastery, only to return to his family’s domain and become painfully involved in the blood-feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen.

This book has become a legend, a modern story with the feel and sound of an ancient tale, enhanced by 55 of Pyle’s illustrations. It is a reading adventure that youngsters will not soon forget.

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover republication
Paperback, 173 pages

Pyle takes the reader along with Robin Hood and his band on their merry adventures. They tell of Little John, Will Scarlet, Allan a Dale, The Sheriff of Nottingham, and many other

This is the best version of the classic stories and the only edition which reproduces both Pyle’s original (1883) text and his famous illustrations in their entirety, including the page decorations.

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The Wonder Clock

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Dover Publications, Inc., 1965
Paperback, 319 pages

This collection includes some of Pyle’s most entertaining and imaginative works—24 delightful fairy tales, one for each hour of the day.

Each story is preceded with a verse by Katherine Pyle that indicates the hour of the day and sets the stage for the tale that follows. 148 illustrations enhance the stories.

This is a collection of tales that now growing boy or girl should be without. Parents too, will look forward to reading these stories to their children.

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The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover (1992) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1910
Paperback, 272 pages

This book is a rich chronicle that includes the stirring adventures of Sir Galahad and the pursuit of the Holy Grail as well as the last chapters in the life of King Arthur.

Recounted in a language appropriately medieval in flavor and enhanced with 39 of Howard Pyle’s richly atmospheric illustrations, these tales promise a splendid reading experience—a magical journey to a far off time and bygone world of knightly valor and chivalric romance.

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The Story of the Sir Launcelot and His Companions

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Unabridged Dover (1991) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1907
Paperback, 352 pages

For generations, Howard Pyle’s beautifully illustrated tales of Arthurian Britain have fired the imaginations of young readers.

This enchanting volume celebrates the exploits and conquests of Sir Launcelot, one of the most famous knights of King Arthur’s Round Table.

52 richly detailed illustrations highlight each story’s dramatic moments.

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The Story of the Champions of the Round Table

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Unabridged Dover (1968) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1905
Paperback, 329 pages

Written two years after The Story of King Arthur and his Knights, this Howard Pyle book returns to Arthur’s Court and presents the adventure-filled stories of three worthy, noble excellent knights-champions—Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristam, and Sir Percival.

All are told in Pyle’s inimitable style, capturing perfectly the tone and spirit of ancient romance. 50 of Pyle’s illustrations help make this one of the most memorable adventure books ever written for young readers.

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The Garden Behind the Moon: A Real Story of the Moon Angel

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Unabridged Dover (2005) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1895
Paperback, 118 pages

A lot of people wonder what’s on the other side of the moon. David—a dreamy young boy—actually finds out. Once there, he meets the Man-in-the-Moon, discovers a magical garden, battles a terrible giant, and brings lost treasures back to Earth.

10 full-page black and white illustrations by Howard Pyle enhance this tale of a faraway world, where children play and no one ever cries. As an added bonus, readers can visit the Delaware Art Museum and see all 10 original illustrations in the Howard Pyle Gallery!

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The Book of Pirates

Written and Illustrated by Howard Pyle

Published by Dover Publications; illustrated edition edition, 2000
Paperback, 320 pages

Rarely have the exploits of marauding pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main been more vividly recounted than in the stories of author and illustrator Howard Pyle. Possessed of a unique talent for recapturing the flavor of bygone eras, Pyle wrote and illustrated these highly readable, swashbuckling sagas of the sea wolves who sailed under the dreaded black king.

The result is a treasury of marvelous tales, enhanced with 63 of Pyle’s own incomparable illustrations—including 11 full page color plates. It is sure to delight any lover of tales of adventure on the high seas.

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Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite

By David B. Elliott

Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2000
Hardcover, 266 pages

Charles Fairfax Murray was a painter, art dealer, collector, and close friend to William Morris, Burne-Jones, the Rossetti’s as well as being a protégé of John Ruskin.  He started off his art career as a studio assistant to Burne-Jones and ended his life as a painter (his “Romeo and Juliet” is in the Delaware Art Museum Collection) and an expert on Classical Italian Paintings.  Written by his grandson, this book gives a wonderful insight to the Victorian art world the Pre-Raphaelites were changing.  This is an autographed copy.

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The Life of William Morris

By J. W. Mackail.
Published by Dover Publications in 1995 and reissued in 2011.
Paperback.  364 pages.

Originally written in 1899 and published as two volumes, The Life of William Morris is now bound as one volume in this updated edition. This classic biography was written just a few years after Morris’ death at the request of Edward Burne-Jones. J.W. Mackail was given access to Morris’ family and business papers and interviewed many of Morris’ friends, family members, and fellow artists to create a compelling biography of the artist’s life.

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Beyond Decoration: The Illustrations of John Everett Millais

By Paul Goldman
Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2005.
Hardback.  337 pages.

John Everett Millais is known today as a leading English painter, but he was also an outstanding master of black and white illustrations. This book features these stunning illustrations—which were extremely popular in periodicals during Millais’ lifetime—and offers insights into the imagery the artist was attempting to portray.

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