While I still prefer my ragged dog-eared paperback edition of The Elements of Style, this nicely bound hardcover version is nice to flip through on occasion for inspiration and is always within arm’s reach on my desk.
College football illustrations by Frederic Remington, circa 1878. For a brief time, he was an art student at Yale and also played on the school’s team, which became the subject of many of his early drawings. From wikipedia:
Remington attended the art school at Yale University, the only male in the freshman year. However, he found that football and boxing were more interesting than the formal art training, particularly drawing from casts and still life objects. He preferred action drawing and his first published illustration was a cartoon of a “bandaged football player” for the student newspaper Yale Courant. Though he was not a star player, his participation on the strong Yale football team was a great source of pride for Remington and his family.
He left school the following year to take care of his father who had tuberculosis.
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From the Naval History and Heritage Command: “The Navy Art Collection has over 15,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture. It contains depictions of naval ships, personnel, and action from all eras of U.S. naval history, but due to the operation of the Combat Art Program, the eras of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Shield/Storm are particularly well represented.”
Military artists were just recently featured in the NYTimes as well: With Sketchpads and Guns, Semper Fi
Poortvliet was a famous Dutch painter, best known for his part in the creation of the Gnome children’s books. He was also both a hunter and a naturalist, and spent a lot of time creating vivid and educational illustrations of the wildlife around him in Europe. From wikipedia: Poortvliet saw himself as a characteristic narrator. His drawings told the tale, and at most he added a short caption.
During the late 19th century, illustrator Frederic Remington documented and painted life as he experienced it in the wild west when the prairies were still untouched and U.S. cavalries were still fighting Indian tribes.
Over the foot-hills.
Riding the range – winter.