1850's -1950's
Among the most popular slide presentations in Murray's repertoire are the two lectures detailing the History of American Illustration. This slide presentation will describe the evolution of American Illustration from the Industrial Revolution, just prior to the turn of the century, through the 1950's when both photography and television dramatically altered the advertising and publishing fields for the illustrator. Special attention will be given to Howard Pyle and his Brandywine School and also to Charles Dana Gibson -- the first "superstar household-name American Illustrator." Another theme that runs throughout the presentation is the visual "look" of the decades and how the various design styles such as Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco nourished both the graphic arts in general, and illustration, in particular. Illustrators highlighted will include N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, J.C. Leyendecker, John Held Jr., Harvey Dunn, Norman Rockwell, Rockwell Kent, James Montgomery Flagg, John LaGatta, Al Parker, Austin Briggs, and Robert Fawcett. All presentations are given with two projectors running simultaneously, and go for approximately ninety minutes, including a question and answer period with the audience.