Monday, February 22, 2010

February 22, 1889


"In the midst of a most charming trip my wife and I received a cablegram telling us that our little boy - a noble little fellow of six years old had died of membranous croup after only a few hours of sickness. He was our only son and, apart from parental prejudice, was I may say a child of deep mind and noble generosity of character."
Howard Pyle to Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, April 13, 1889

5 comments:

Charles Valsechi III said...

so sad :/

catquillman said...

I don't believe that they had any more children.

Ian Schoenherr said...

Ah, but they did. After Sellers (1882) and Phoebe (1886) came Theodore (1889), Howard Jr. (1891), Eleanor (1894), Godfrey (1895), and Wilfrid (1897). Quite a brood.

catquillman said...

Sorry - after I posted that I realized he "our only son" was the oldest - I thought he was the youngest.

James Gurney said...

It's an amazing coincidence that Frederic Church went to Jamaica after losing two of his children and that one of the works of art he did in commemmoration was a painting of a moon.