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Howard Pyle Correspondence
Manuscript Collection Number: 233
Extent: 16 items.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1991 by Tim Murray.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
In 1879, Pyle moved back to Wilmington; he continued to contribute work to popular magazines and also obtained assignments for book illustrations and began to write and illustrate his own books. Among his best-known early works was an illustrated adaptation of the Robin Hood legends The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883). For much of his career Pyle produced similar works with a particular emphasis on Arthurian and medieval legends, American colonial tales, adventure stories, and books for children. Pyle also produced illustrations for books by prominent authors of his time including William Dean Howells, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Van Dyke, James Branch Cabell, and John Greenleaf Whittier.
Although Pyle is regarded as one of the pre-eminent illustrators of his time, he also maintained a successful painting career. In addition, he was a respected teacher at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia (where he was appointed director of the School of Illustration), at the Art Institute in Chicago, and at the Art Student League in New York. In 1898, Pyle, with financial backing from Drexel, founded a summer art school at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; the summer school proved successful and continued until 1903. In 1900, Pyle resigned his position at Drexel and founded the Howard Pyle School of Art in Wilmington. Pyle's former students include many of the best-known American illustrators of the period including Elizabeth Shippen Green, Thornton Oakley, Violet Oakley, N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Frank Schoonover.
In 1905, Pyle ceased his work as a formal art teacher, though he continued to lecture and advise former students. His illustration career remained highly successful and he also began to receive commissions for murals. In 1910 Pyle travelled to Italy to study murals. Howard Pyle died during that trip on November 9, 1911 in Florence, Italy.
Agosta, Lucien L. Howard Pyle. Boston: Twayne Publishers .
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Related collection:MS 120 Katharine Pyle Papers
F1 Letters from Howard Pyle to [A.H.] Bicknell and [H.H.] Harper concerning some etchings, 1912-1903 1902 Apr 30 "Dear Mr. Bicknell" TNS 1 p. Dec 26 "Dear Mr. Harper" TNS 1 p. 1903 Mar 01 "Dear Mr. Bicknell" TNS 1 p. F2 Correspondence from the author Hamlin Garland to Howard Pyle. 1900 Feb 06 ALS 1 p.  Dec 23 ALS 1 p. with ANS on verso Dec 31 ALS 1 p. 1904 Jan 17 ALS 1 p.  Jan 19 ALS 2 pp. F3 Miscellaneous letters from Howard Pyle 1890 Jan 24 to "My Dear Friend" ALS 4 pp. 1903 Mar 23 to "Mr. Oberteuffer" TLS 1 p. Accompanied by an autograph presentation note and an envelope. F4 Miscellaneous letters to Howard Pyle [n.d.] from Davis, Richard Harding ALS 2 pp. [n.d.] from McCutcheon, John T. ALS 2 pp. 1903 Nov 21 from Pennell, Joseph ALS 2 pp. Miscellany Bookplate of Howard Pyle with his clipped autograph signature, originally taped to the bookplate, accompanying.
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