From Library Journal
Earlier in the previous century, adventure novels by such writers as Raphael Sabatini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and James Branch Cabell needed illustrations to describe the action and locales. Inspired by demand, Howard Pyle, artist and author, founded the Brandywine School in Wilmington, DE, later moving it to Chadds Ford, PA, and naming it for the river that ran through the towns. His purpose was to groom artists as illustrators to meet the growing demand created by these stories, books, and, later, sportsmen's ads. This collection looks at six of the artists: Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, Frank Schoonover, Philip Goodwin, and Dean Cornwell. Though trained in the East, these determined artists traveled widely to help make their work more authentic, and much of the enjoyment here lies in the themes they typically explored: chivalry, pirates, Native Americans, and the frontier. With accompanying essays by ten different scholars of the school, the 45 illustrations featured are lush in color and stunning in four gatefolds. There are brief biographies of each artist with a select bibliography. Strongly recommended for all collections.DJoseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L.
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