Thornton Oakley Charcoal and Gouache Drawing of Street Market
Thornton Oakley (American, 1881 – 1953)
Untitled (street market)
Gouache embellished charcoal drawing on paper
Signed to the lower left
Thornton Oakley was an early 20th century American illustrator who believed that at its core illustration was simply ‘pictorial making clear.’ Oakley earned degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and
studied with and was deeply influenced by Howard Pyle, noted American illustrator and Brandywine School founder. His passion for architecture from his early studies can be seen in the predominance of buildings and machinery in his illustrations. The scope of these imposing manmade structures often towers over the human figures depicted. Oakley worked at many notable art institutions including as the head of the illustration department at Philadelphia College of Art, as a drawing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Curtis Institute. Known for his illustration of travel books, he and his wife, Amy Ewing, published many of their own works featuring her writing and his images. His work also appeared in several magazines including Harper’s Monthly, Collier’s, Scribner’s, Century, and National Geopgraphic for whom he completed a forty-eight-piece work during World War II, American Industries Geared for War.. In addition to his murals for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, his work can be found in the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the New York Public Library, among many others.
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