On September 13, 1903, Howard Pyle jotted down this drawing in a little notebook belonging to his student Thornton Oakley. Some years later, when Merle Johnson was compiling Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates, Oakley allowed it to be reproduced.
Today, this 3.25 x 5.75" scrap was auctioned off at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. And as a testament to the enduring allure of Pyle’s pirates, it sold - with buyer’s premium - for $20,000!
Insert your favorite piratical expression of shock here.
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.
Do you have letters, photographs, books, drawings, sketches, paintings, or any primary materials of or pertaining to Howard Pyle? Would you like to know more about them? By all means, please contact me. Just click on my photo above.