They dragged the writhing squire to the ground
Date: 1905
Medium: Ink on illustration board
Dimensions: composition: 11 1/16 × 14 5/16 in. (28.1 × 36.4 cm)
Illustration Citation: “Sir Nigel,” by Arthur Conan Doyle, in Associated Sunday Magazine, New York Tribune, Sunday, December 10, 1905.
Credit Line: Gift of the John Sloan Memorial Foundation, 1982
Object Number: 1982-4
About: Sir Nigel is a novel set in 14th century England centering on a knight's adventures in the early years of the Hundred Years' War. While a youth in his native Philadelphia, Joseph Clement Coll taught himself illustration by studying the published works of Howard Pyle and Edwin Austin Abbey and of the Spanish artist Daniel Vierge. At 17, he became an artist for the New York American newspaper. By 1901, after art studies in Chicago, he returned to New York for a 20-year career in illustration cut short by his death at 41. One critic described him as "a virtuoso of the pen...(with) a matchless flair for the scinillating distribution of light and dark contrasts."
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