Seems like I’m constantly flipping through dusty, inexpensive old books searching for hidden gems of illustration, and more often than not, coming up empty. Yesterday, however, I finally, after a bit of a drought, came across a book with pictures that I thought would make a lovely addition to the archive here at RCN.
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The interior images are a little soft, but that’s due more to certain technical shortcomings of the reproduction than to my obdurate incompetence as a scanner.
What I didn’t realize when I purchased The Little Lame Prince and Other Stories (Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1927) by Dinah Maria Mulock, is that the illustrator, Gertrude A. Kay, was a student of Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia! You can read a short profile of Gertrude A. Kay, who was successful both as a illustrator for women’s magazines and as a writer and illustrator of children’s books, over at a site called Illustration Art Solutions.