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Paul Giambarba

Margo -- I can't help you with an evaluation but there are professional art appraisers who can. The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington DE has a huge collection of Pyle's work including some drawings from his "The Story of King Arthur and his Knights."

Margo Boyle

I have two Howard Pyle paintings and a pen and pencil drawing all signed. The pen and pencil drawing is titled Belle Isoult and Sir Tristram drink the love draught. What or how do you suggest these are valued?

John D. Wolfe

Hi Paul, One of the most enjoyable websites for lovers of the great illustrators.Thanks so much! I love the work of Pyle and that of all of his students,especially N.C.Wyeth. The work of any of the students is immediately recognizable which means Pyle had to have a very codified or formulaic method of composing which each of his students adapted to their own work. I've read all the Dunn notes and the few comments left by Pyle but the answer is certainly not there-in. Nor is the answer "massing of values" or any of the other general design concepts used by almost every illustrator. Do you or any of your visitors have any idea of what creates that special "Pyle quality" that is so palpable but also so evasive???? John Wolfe


It was his subtle use of colour that always impressed me most. A real ability to put on paper what we see in life.


Absolutely wonderful website. Referring to: "I have no idea what this illustration is all about and include it because I find it to be so typical for the period. It also begs the question, why is the crescent moon so distracting, being as it is so close to the heroine's head?..." The illustration for which this comment was posted brought to mind Miranda's romance in Shakespeare's The Tempest. I wonder...

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