Katharine Pyle

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Katharine Pyle (November 23, 1863 – February 19, 1938) was an American artist, poet, and children's writer.

Katharine Pyle
Dragon rearing up to reach medieval knight on ledge.jpg
"Dragon rearing up to reach medieval knight on ledge" from Charlemagne and His Knights, 1932
BornNovember 23, 1863
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedFebruary 19, 1938
Wilmington, Delaware
Alma materPhiladelphia School of Design for Women
OccupationArtist, writer of children books
Known forWriting and illustration

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, the youngest offspring of William Pyle and Margaret (Painter), she was the sister of author and artist Howard Pyle.[1] She was educated at the Women's Industrial School and the Drexel Institute, then studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the New York Art Students' League. She lived in Wilmington her whole life, except four years in New York during the 1890s.[2]

Her art was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.[3] She found work as an illustrator no later than 1895, but her first major success occurred in 1898 with The Counterpane Fairy.[2] Over the course of her career she wrote over 30 books and illustrated the works of others. Her works appeared in the Ladies' Home Journal and Harper's Bazaar.[4] The Delaware Art Museum now has a substantial collection of her manuscripts.[5] She co-authored a collection of 24 whimsical stories entitled The Wonder Clock (1888), with her brother Howard.


  1. ^ Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, 1, Runk, J.M. & Co., 1899, p. 317.
  2. ^ a b Reid, John P. (2013), Katharine Pyle 1863-1938, retrieved 2013-04-02.
  3. ^ "Katharine Pyle Papers", Special Collections Department, University of Delaware, 2011, retrieved 2013-03-01.
  4. ^ "Katharine Pyle papers", Special Collections Department, Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, 2002, retrieved 2013-03-01.
  5. ^ "Katharine Pyle Manuscript Collection, Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, Delaware Art Museum" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-20.

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