Artist’s Work in the Collection
Joseph Pennell, (born July 4, 1857, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died April 23, 1926, Brooklyn, New York City), American etcher, lithographer, and writer who was one of the major book illustrators of his time.
After attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennell found work etching historic landmarks and illustrating travel articles and books for American publishers. In 1884 he went to Europe and settled in London. He produced numerous books, both as an author and as an illustrator, many of them in collaboration with his wife, author Elizabeth Robins Pennell. In London his friends included many of the most notable creative figures of the day, including the writers George Bernard Shaw and Robert Louis Stevenson and the painters John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
During his lifetime Pennell produced more than 900 etchings and mezzotints and more than 600 lithographs on architectural and landscape subjects ranging from the Panama Canal and Yosemite National Park to the factories of England and the temples of Greece. Pennell distinguished himself not only as one of America’s most talented etchers but also as a promotional genius who helped to spur the revival of printmaking and print collecting during the first two decades of the 20th century. His publications include several books on drawing and printmaking including “Ioseph Pennell’s Liberty-Loan Poster: A Text-Book for Artists and Amateurs, Governments and Teachers and Printers, with Notes, an Introduction and Essay On the Poster by the Artist”, as well as a famous biography of Whistler that he wrote with his wife in 1908. Pennell moved back to the United States during World War I.
Joseph Pennell’s Pictures of the Panama Canal, Joseph Pennell, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1912
Joseph Pennell’s Pictures of the Wonder Work, Joseph Pennell, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1916
Joseph Pennell’s Pictures of War Work in England, William Heinemann, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1917
Joseph Pennell’s Pictures of War Work in America, Joseph Pennell, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and London, 1918
Catalogue of the Pennell Memorial Exhibition: Memorial Exhibition of the Late Joseph Pennell October 1 through 31, 1926, The Print Club of Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company, 1926
The Adventures of an Illustrator, Joseph Pennell, Little, Brown and Company, Boston Massachusetts, 1925