Eight O'Clock, from "Wonder Clock"
Medium: Ink on illustration board
Dimensions: composition: 8 7/8 × 6 5/8 in. (22.5 × 16.8 cm)
sheet: 11 7/8 × 11 15/16 in. (30.2 × 30.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: "The Wonder Clock or Four & Twenty Marvelous Tales," Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, embellished with verses by Katharine Pyle (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888)
Credit Line: Gift of Willard S. Morse, 1923
About: 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 artists. 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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