Howard Pyle was a renowned artist, writer, and teacher. Known as one of America's best loved illustrators and founder of the Brandywine school of painting, Pyle had an enormous impact on the world of American illustration.
Howard Pyle was a Quaker and attended the Friends' School in Wilmington, DE. But, as Pyle himself later recalled, "he spent his time largely in scrawling drawings on his slate and in his books." Realizing their son's lack of interest in studying, the Pyle's gave up their idea of sending Howard to college and instead his mother encouraged him to study art. At 16, he began three years of daily commutes to Philadelphia to study under the Belgian artist Van der Weilen. These classes would be the only systematic training in art that Pyle would receive and provided a solid foundation in the technique of drawing.
After three years of study, Pyle established a studio in Wilmington and helped his father in his leather business while beginning his fledgling career as an illustrator. His earliest work was published in Scribner's Monthly in 1876. He moved to New York, where he was associated to some extent with the Art Students' league of New York City during 1876-77. His early illustrations, short stories, and poems appeared in the leading New York periodicals in 1876-79.
Pyle devoted his art work almost entirely to the production of illustrations that appeared in periodicals and books.