In looking over the majority of my Howard Pyle posts, I see that I've been unconsciously featuring his "modern day" illustrations. Maybe it's because I don't think they've ever gotten their due. So, to placate those who want to see more of his "historical" work, here's one that doesn't get out too often. It's "Assassination of William of Orange" from The Rise of the Dutch Republic in the Volume Five (of 17!) of The Writings of John Lothrop Motley (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1900). Pyle contributed only one illustration to the set, so it's not the easiest picture to get a hold of, and, so far, I've only found only one place where he mentions it. In a 1907 letter to Merle Johnson, Pyle passingly refers to the Motley volume "for which I made one rather poor drawing." I respectfully disagree!
The original (probably oil on board) has yet to surface, but the photogravure plate measures 3.3 x 4.9 inches.
Ian Schoenherr is an illustrator and writer of children's books. He also makes book jackets, maps, spot and editorial illustrations, and other odds and ends. On the side, Ian is an obsessive genealogist and a specialist of Howard Pyle (1853-1911), whose work he avidly collects.
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