Alternate version of "Clever Peter and the Ogress" / He sees above the fireplace
Date: 1890
Medium: Ink on illustration board
Dimensions: composition: 8 5/8 × 6 1/8 in. (21.9 × 15.6 cm) sheet: 11 11/16 × 7 3/4 in. (29.7 × 19.7 cm)
Illustration Citation: Alternate version for illustration in "Clever Peter and the Ogress," by Katharine Pyle, in St. Nicholas, February 1890
Credit Line: Gift of Willard S. Morse
Object Number: 1900-114
About: Katharine Pyle wrote and illustrated this morality tale about the fate of truant boys who are captured by an ogress until Peter devises a clever way of escape. Although they resolve not to avoid school again, they are pleased to steal the ogress' "pies and ginger cakes." The youngest child of the Pyle family, Katharine was prolific as both author and illustrator. At the turn of the twentieth century, many considered art an appropriate extension of women's "natural" talent for beautifying their surroundings, but there was still resistance to women as professional. The artist and illustrator Joseph Pennell offered Katharine Pyle as an example of why there was "no earthly reason why women should not be illustrators."
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