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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Biographical Data for Famed Illustrator and Artist Edward Penfield of Pelham Manor

Edward Penfield is considered one of the masters of graphic design.  He was a poster artist and illustrator in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He lived in Pelham Manor.  There is a beautiful Web site devoted to his life and work located at http://edwardpenfield.com/

Below is brief biographical data for Edward Penfield published in 1913 followed by a citation to its source.

"PENFIELD, Edward, artist; b. New York, June 2, 1866; ed. Art Students' League, New York.  Art editor Harper's Magazine, Harper's Weekly and Harper's Bazar, 1891-1901; now devotes time exclusively to illustrating, designing and painting.  Was orignator of the poster in America, and used numerous 'textures' in reproducing his drawings that were not attempted before in relief printing from zinc or other plates.  Designed all of the posters for Harper's Magazine, 1893-9; poster calendars, etc. for R. H. Russell, and posters and designs for various purposes; illustrated a number of mag. articles in color.  Executed decorations for breakfast room of Randolph Hall, Cambridge, Mass.; also decorations for the Rochester Country Club.  Author:  Holland Sketches, 1907; Spanish Sketches, 1911.  Home:  Pelham Manor, N.Y. Studio:  163 W. 23d St., New York."

Source:  Marquis, Albert Nelson, ed., Who's Who in America - A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of the United States, Vol. VII 1912-1913, p. 1634 (Chicago, IL:  A.N. Marquis & Co. 1913).

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