Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle
A Portrait of Howard Pyle
Sir Lancelot
"Lancelot", from: Tennyson, Alfred. The Lady of Shalott
Young Love
"When All the World was Young"

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"The earth and the air and the sky were all still, just as it is at twilight, and I heard them laughing and talking in the tap-room of the Inn of the Sign of Mother Goose -- the linking of glasses, and the rattling and clatter of knives and forks and plates and dishes. That is where I wished to go. So in I went. Mother Goose herself opened the door, and there I was.

"The room was full of twilight; but there they sat, every one of them. I did not count them, but there were ever so many: Aladdin, and Ali Baba, and Fortunatis, and Jack-the-Giant-Killer, and Doctor Faustus, and Bidpai, and Cinderella, and Patient Grizzle, and the Soldier who cheated the Devil, and St. George, and Hans in Luck, who traded and traded his lump of gold until he had only an empty churn to show for it; and there was Sinbad the Sailor, and the Tailor who killed seven flies at a blow, and the Fisherman who fished up the Genie, and the Lad who fiddled for the Jew in the Bramble Bush, and the Blacksmith who made death sit in his appletree, and Boots, who always marries the princess, whether he wants to or not -- a rag-tag lot as ever you saw in your life, gathered from every place, and brought together in Twilight Land.

"Each one of them was telling a story . . ."
  - From Twilight Land, a collection of stories written and illustrated by Howard Pyle.

"Do you know an American magazine called Harper's Monthly? There are things in it which strike me dumb with admiration, including sketches of a Quaker town in the olden days by Howard Pyle."
  - Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, Theo
   quoted in N.C. Wyeth: A Biography

Father: William Pyle, b. October 12, 1820 in Sadsbury, PA -- son of Isaac Pyle and Ann Webb

Mother: Margaret Churchman Painter, b. October 4, 1828

Family 1: Annie Poole, b. August 1, 1858 -- daughter of J. Morton Poole and Ann Suplee

  1. Sellers Poole Pyle, b. June 4, 1882
  2. Phoebe C. Pyle, b. 1886
  3. Theodore Pyle, b. 1889
  4. Howard Pyle, b. 1891
  5. Eleanor Pyle, b.1894
  6. Godfrey Pyle, b.1895
  7. Wilfred Pyle, b. 1897


  1. "Descendants of Sarah Lloyd and Gainor Lloyd" by John J. Parker, The Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA.
  2. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV
  3. The Illustrators Project: Howard Pyle (1853-1911)
  4. Howard Pyle and Twilight Land
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