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 Fred (Frederick) Pegram  (1870 - 1937)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: illustration-book, etching

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Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

The following is submitted by Carol Reid, from information obtained from data in the Toronto Public Library and Roy Compton's article. Reid has "an original pen and pencil illustration of Fred Pegram. I am unaware of the title, but it is of a young lady and older lady having tea in front of a fireplace."

Frederick Pegram, RI 1870 - 1937
Black and white artist and illustrator born in London on 19th of December 1870 Fred Pegram was first cousin of H., C.E. and R. Brock (qq.v.). He joined the staff of The Queen and then "The Pall Mall Gazette" in 1886, having studied under Fred Brown and spent some time in Paris. From then onwards he become one of the most prolific and consistent of magazine illustrators. His pen work is always of a high standard and his own preference was for drawing subjects with a Georgian setting.

He was also an etcher and did occasional advertisements for the papers. Elected RI, 1925, he died in London on 23 August, 1937. Fred Pegram stated he "started playing with my pencil almost as soon as I could walk". Other than his study with Mr. Fred Brown, and three months in Paris, he had very little training. His career as an artist began in 1886 at the age of 16, when he was able to support himself entirely by his pen. Book illustration was his favourite line of work.

"One of the most enjoyable experiences I have had was under the hospitable roof of Mr. Hall Caine, when I went to make the sketches for 'The Manxman illustrations', which appeared in The Queen, in which paper the novel was first published. The popular novelist is a host par excellnce, and I had a very good time." His work has been referred to as "Dainty". In an article by Roy Compton, "Half-An-Hour with Mr. Fred Pegram, Mr. Compton states " looking at the drawing one is aware that the artist never allows his fancy to outrage his good taste, and that he has an acute insight into and appreciation of the charteristics and personalities he wishes to portray.

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