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Arthur Brown

 (1881 - 1966)
Arthur William Brown was active/lived in New York, Ontario / Canada.  Arthur Brown is known for magazine story art illustration.

Arthur Brown

Biography from the Archives of askART

Arthur William Brown /
A W Brown
(1881 - 1966)

"Brownie," as his artist friends called him, epitomizes the rule of "90% of life is just showing up." A Canadian school drop out, he worked on a steamer, sketching in his spare time (he sold these to newspapers).

Saving his earnings, he enrolled at the Art Student's League and studied under Walter Appleton Clark, F W DuMond, and FR Gruger. When a friend got a job from the Saturday Evening Post to cover a circus, Brownie went along. The Post liked the article AND Brown's circus drawings, which bought them, a relationship between publisher and artist that lasted 40-years.

Brown's pencils appeared in most Post issues from the teens on. He concentrated on story art (no covers) for Collier's, College Humor, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan.

He also contributed posters for the WWI effort and book art for books (The Magnificent Ambersons, Alice Adams, The Fortune Hunter, The Upper Crust, Messer Marco Polo, and The Midlanders, The Lady Evelyn).

The vast majority of Brown's work was in pencil, though ink and color wash began appearing in his kit from the early 30s.

"Arthur William Brown/A.W. Brown," American Art Archives

Biography from the Archives of askART
A.W. Brown started his illustrative career at the Hamilton Spectator as a chalk plate artist. At 19, he studied at the Art Students League, New York under Walter Appleton Clark and started his association with the Saturday Evening Post, which lasted 40 years.

He was president of the Society of Illustrators 1944-47, and collaborated with many famous authors, including O. Henry and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In 1964 he was inducted into the Illustrators Hall of Fame"

Submitted by Judi Chase

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About  Arthur Brown

Born:  1881 - Hamilton, Ontario
Died:   1966
Known for:  magazine story art illustration