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DeLand, Clyde Osmer (1872 – 1947)

Clyde Osmer DeLand was a musician and writer as well as an illustrator. He studied music in Rochester, New York, and attended the University of Rochester. As a young man he taught music and was a concert pianist. However, DeLand decided to make art his career and came to Philadelphia to Drexel Institute, where he […]

DeFeo, Charles (1892-1978)

Charles DeFeo grew up on Madison Street in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended Williams School and Willard Hall. His contact with Howard Pyle was on an informal basis; before he was 16, Charles worked for Pyle at his studio. In his personal reminiscences of Pyle, DNFeo related: My job at that time, was to clean the […]

Day, Bertha Corson (dates unknown)

Bertha Corson Day was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Germantown. Her cousin was married to the popular artist Thomas Hovenden, and Bertha Day posed for his painting Bringing Home the Bride. She enrolled in the Drexel Institute art department in 1892; her teachers included sculptor Charles Grafly and watercolorist Lydia Austin. She became […]

Davisson, Virginia Heron

Virginia Heron Davisson studied with Howard Pyle at Drexell Institute in 1899. Four of her works, were ehibited in the School of Illustration show held in May 1899. No other information has been located about her.

Cross, Ernest J. “Monty” (dates unknown)

Little information has been found about Monty Cross. He studied with Howard Pyle in 1902 and 1903 and attended the summer class held at Chadds Ford those years.  He shared the middle studio at 1305 Franklin Street in Wilmington with Henry Peck and four other Pyle students.  On his 50th birthday, on March 5th, 1903, […]

Chase, Sidney Marsh (1877-1957)

Sidney Marsh Chase was born in  Haverhill, Massachusetts, near Boston, where he spent most of his life. He studied with Charles Woodbury and Edmund C. Tarbell,  and at the Eric Pape School of Art in Boston, where Clifford  Ashley, Henry Peck and N.C.  Wyeth also were students. He spent the summer of 1901 with  them […]

Cahill, William V. (unknown – 1924)

William Cahill was born in Syracuse, New York. He moved to Wilmington to receive criticism from Howard Pyle in the fall of 1907; he was not a full-time student. In a letter to his mother, dated November 1907, N.C. Wyeth described Cahill, as a new member of the colony who had ideas dramatically opposed to […]

Brown, Ethel Pennewill (1878-1960)

Ethel Pennewill Brown, a native Wilmingtonian, began her art studies at age eleven in Clawson Hammitt’s Saturday morning classes. She received a scholarship the next year. There she met Ethel Poyntell Canby, with whom she would share a studio and be friends for many years. Brown left Wilmington to study with John Henry Twachtman at […]

Brett, Harold Matthews (1880-1955)

Harold Matthews Brett was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, on December 3,1880, and grew up in Brookline, a suburb of Boston. His study of art began in 1900 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he attended the classes of Philip Hale and Frank Benson. In 1901 Brett moved to New […]

Bonsall, Elizabeth (1861-1956)

Born in Philadelphia, Elizabeth Bonsall was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins. As a Howard Pyle pupil, Bonsall attended classes at the Drexel Institute in 1897. In Paris, she studied under Castaigne and Collin. Her membership in clubs included the Plastic Club, the Print Club, and the Philadelphia […]