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Golden Age of Illustration Illustrator: Charlotte Harding Brown (1873-1951)

Who Was American Illustrator Charlotte Harding (1873-1951)?

An accomplished, American illustrator, Charlotte Harding (1873-1951) was hired to illustrate for magazines and books, Century, Harper’s, McClure’s, Collier’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, and more (Source: Ask Art).

Harding was a product of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, and she also studied with Howard Pyle, both at Drexel and at the Academy of Fine Arts, from 1897 to 1899.

(Sources: Art Bound and Schoonover Studios)

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As with most male-dominated fields, illustration work of yesteryear was hard to come by for women illustrators. Yet a few, like Harding, broke through the glass ceilings and went on to become successful and prolific illustrators in their own right.

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10 Curated Illustrations by Charlotte Harding

Charlotte Harding: An American Illustrator

This curated collection of 1o illustrations by Harding, and the corresponding, included personal essay (in the slide deck below), were compiled as part of an illustration history course assigned during my Illustration MFA.

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My thoughts as a female illustrator, inspired by Harding’s life

I found Harding's body of illustration work to be just stunning; her use of charcoal wash not only creates strong layers of value but also beautifully sets the tone and mood of her subjects.

 

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Thank you, Charlotte

I hope you’ve enjoyed Harding’s work as much as I have.

Feel free to share any comments or to forward the slides on this post with the illustration enthusiast in your life!

Thanks for reading,

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

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