Howard Pyle was one of the most renowned illustrators of the 19th century. His work was widely published in adventure novels, magazines and romances. He was the founder of the Brandywine school and artists colony in Chadd's Ford Pennsylvania, where he taught artists like N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Thornton Oakley their craft.

Pyle's talents were varied and in addition to doing fine color book plates he also did humorous line drawings, marginal decorations and even wrote poetry and fairytales. Some of his most interesting books like The Wonder Clock and Pepper and Salt are ones which he wrote, decorated and illustrated himself, with lavish - full size decorated pages. Perhaps the most dramatic example of Pyle's originality is his illustrated edition of Tennyson's Lady of Shalott, which has every page decorated and illustrated in full color with the text of the poem hand lettered and integrated with the illustrations. In many ways it is the ancestor of the modern comic book.

The Scriptorium's Pyle collection features a large selection of images (both color and black and white), taken from various illustrated works, including magazine articles, books and other sources. They include illustrations on historical themes, such as Pyle's classic pirate illustrations, plus historical, fantasy and fairytale topics. Also included are a variety of Pyle's unique decorative border and frame designs and full decorated pages in his unique style.

Our Pyle collection also includes a selection of fonts based on Pyle's original lettering. These include Pyle Gothic, based on his black letter style from Arthurian works, Courthand based on the lettering in his Lady of Shalott, Buccaneer from his pirate lettering and a set of decorative initials based on one of several sets which he designed. We are working on more pyle fonts for the future, but the current set of five is a nice sampling of his lettering work.

All of the images in the collection are in high resolution suitable for use in print and are licensed for reprint within limitations specified in our standard license. All fonts come in both True Type and Postscript format for both Macintosh and Windows based computers. The whole collection is only $49. To order your own Howard Pyle collection remember the stock number (AT103) and give us a call at 1-800-797-8973 (1-512-276-7352), or visit our online ordering page -- ONLINE ORDERING Note that there is also a speciala Howard Pyle Combo package available which includes the basic Pyle package, all the Pyle angel illustrations and the complete Lady of Shalott on one CD for a substantial savings at just $99.

If this package interests you check out our two other Pyle packages. We have a specialized package of Pyle's angel illustrations and a special CD based on his illustrations for Tennyson's Lady of Shalott. To visit them, just click here: ANGELS or SHALOTT

If you want to try out one of our Pyle fonts, just download the demo version of Pyle Initials using the link below. The full version is in the Russian Folk Art collection.

Download Pyle Initials for Windows (PKZip). Download Pyle Initials for MacOS (StuffIt).