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Look Here: Howard Pyle’s “The Story of King Arthur and His Knights” (post 1 of 4)

For my money, Howard Pyle’s illustrations for his 1903 book, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, were among the finest pen-and-ink illustrations of his career, which, of course, makes them some of the finest pen-and-ink illustrations of all time.

I scanned the following images from a library discard book that I bought a week or two ago at the local thrift store; the stain on the first image is from the glue that holds the circulation-card pocket in place on the other side of the page. Fortunately, the rest of the images were undamaged, though it was, at times, difficult to press the book down sufficiently to avoid focus problems near the gutters.

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P.S. I’ve long thought that Pyle’s portraits of King Arthur, Uther Pendragon, etc., were the inspiration for the portraits of King Arthur, Queen Ginevere, Sir Launcelot, Merlyn Ambrose, Elaine of Shalott, and Sir Galahad, contained in the minature Gorblimey Press portfolio, Excalibur: Six Drawings by Barry Windsor-Smith.

4 thoughts on “Look Here: Howard Pyle’s “The Story of King Arthur and His Knights” (post 1 of 4)

  1. Forgot to mention: although Pyle’s The Story of King Arthur and His Knights is in the public domain, Dover has kept it (and many other books by Pyle) in print, with illustrations intact, in an inexpensive but durable softcover edition. I think you can also get it free as a “Google eBook.” So if you want to read it again…

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  2. This was one of the first books i ever stole, er, borrowed from the school library, age 8. Yeah, the gorgeo-sity of it incited me to a juvenile misdemeanor! I became obsessed with drawing like Arthur Pyle, and impressed even the schollyard bullies with my almost-a-skill. Sure wish I still had some of those early illustrative attempts in my old age!

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