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 both wrote and illustrated a number of classic books, including his enormously influential retellings of Robin Hood and King Arthur and His Knights which have great illustrations, but are also remembered as literary classics in their own right. His childrens books like Otto of the Silver Hand and The Wonder Clock are still in print more than 100 years after he wrote and illustrated them, and his paintings and murals on themes of American history grace the walls of museums and historic sites all over the nation.
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 hand lettered. We are working on more Pyle fonts for the future, but the current set of five is a nice sampling of his lettering work.
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 collection based on his illustrations for Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott. To see 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 by clicking on the image below. It includes a limited set of characters. The full font includes all the variant characters which Pyle designed, but like many hand designed initials fonts it omits some characters which rarely occur at the beginnings of words.