Illustration for Children: a Comparison of Two Artists

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Illustration for Children: A Comparison of Two Artists
Adriana Martinez Lando
University of North Texas

Author Note This paper was prepared for SLIS 5420 Section 001, taught by Doctor Janet Hilbun.
Illustration for Children: A Comparison of Two Artists
“Never take yourself to seriously nor your work too lightly,” was Robert Lawson’s maxim for living (Wells, 2001, p. 43)! Robert Lawson was born on October 4, 1892 in New York City. He spent his childhood in Montclair, New Jersey. According to Folmsbee, Latimer, and Mahony (1947), “Robert Lawson as a child showed no special aptitude for drawing or writing. His life was that of the usual child in a usual suburban town” (p. 331). It was not until high school that he expressed an interest in art and drawing. He attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art for three years. (Today it is Parsons School of Design.) He studied under the tutelage of Rae Sloan Bredin and Howard Giles. In 1914, Lawson opened up a studio in Greenwich Village. He worked there three years before his participation in the war. He worked on “magazine illustrations, stage settings, and some commercial work” (Folmsbee et al., 1947, p. 331). His career as an illustrator began during this time, when his illustration for a poem about the invasion of Belgium was published in Harper's Weekly. In 1917, Lawson went to France as a member of the first US Army camouflage unit, 40th Engineers. In France, he served with other well-known artists. After the war, he returned to his work in illustration and commercial jobs. Lawson married Marie Abrams in 1922. She was also an author and an illustrator. It was on this year, that Lawson illustrated his first children’s book, The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince Toofat (1922), contrary to belief that his first book illustration was The Wee Men of Ballywooden (1937) by Arthur Mason. He…...

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