Portrait of Edward Penfield by William Vander Wyde (1871?-1929) from a negative, gelatin on glass in the possession of George Eastman House. Gift of New York Public Library Edward Penfield was born in Brooklyn NY in 1866. I’m guessing that the photo above was taken during the last decade of the 19th century when Penfield had begun to make his mark in the New York literary scene as an influentional illustrator, designer, and art editor of Harper’s Monthly Magazine, Weekly, and Bazaar from 1891 through 1901. His outstanding work in a student exhibition at the Art Students League had caught the attention of Harper’s art editor of the time and he was given illustration assignments such as this one for a feature at the back of the book, Editor’s Drawer, for the December 1896 issue of Harper's Monthly Magazine. It appears to have been drawn in pen with a spatter technique as background.
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Illustrations in two colors from a story in Scribner's Monthly Magazine for May 1903. This is the title page and inserted illustrations follow. Penfield has changed his style and now signs his work with a chop.
I've always loved this drawing. It was used only 2 x 2.5 inches in size. That is one very fine action horse drawing and had to be drawn from a photograph. Click on image to enlarge.
It looks like brush or brush and a very flexible dip pen. The textured pattern is similar to that achieved by drawing with litho crayon on coquille board, as many newspaper cartoonists did at that time and in later years. That's awfully good anatomical drawing. It might have had its origins in a photo, or portions thereof, but Penfield has made the work all his own.
These two guys in the foreground look photographic because of the lack of depth. The entire group looks as if they were photographed with a longer than normal lens. A critical comment might be that they all look too much alike to anyone who has ever attended a track meet. But then I haven't read the text, so maybe they are supposed to resemble each other.
These characters are diverse and well delineated. More to come. Stay tuned.