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ID: The Illustrator Dataset

I am compiling data on which illustrators are mentioned in what texts (1830-1970) and by whom; and using Tableau to make interactive visualizations for exploring the data. The visualizations will be made public in Spring 2018, so that others may run their own search queries. Read the full details.


The Illustrators Legacy Questionnaire

Illustrators, cartoonists, comics creators, and related types of artists: as part of my work at Washington University, I am offering a questionnaire designed to capture your career for posterity.

I cannot tell you how many times each year I get inquiries from people looking for information on long-gone illustrators... how will your legacy be recorded and preserved?

This questionnaire is a way for you to go "on file" at Washington University's DB Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, where our mandate is to record and preserve illustration history.

Your answers will also help us understand the contemporary field better, because we'll be able to correlate practices, attitudes, experiences, and kinds of people in ways never statistically documented before.

Click here to go to questionnaire
(note: doing it on a computer rather than a phone is highly recommended)

Give yourself lots of time - it's in-depth and thoughtful, because it's as thorough as I could make it!

Thanks so very much for contributing to thed self-knowledge of the field.


My research interests

Primarily my work is about preserving, documenting, and analyzing historic illustration and illustrators. I also write on contemporary illustration and practice, visual communication, visual culture, and national identity.

I am an Associate Editor of The History of Illustration, the first textbook to appear on the subject.

I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Illustration.

In 2008 I began the Index of Canadian Illustrators. Additions and amendments to it are very welcome.

My 2014 dissertation, A Cultural Trade? Canadian Magazine Illustrators at Home and in the United States, 1880-1960, is about the ways nationalism was expressed in visual culture.

Illustrators I have published on or presented papers on include:

Anita Kunz (link coming after July 1, 2017)
Oscar Cahén
Walter Haskell Hinton
Robert Weaver
Olive Allen Biller
Many Illustrators based in Victoria, BC
Canadian women who illustrated in Chatelaine in the 1930s
Arthur Heming
Arthur William Brown
Russell Patterson

CW Jefferys



In the Library by Elizabeth Shippen Green, 1905, Delaware Art Museum

A corner of the DB Dowd Modern Graphic History Library.

B. Cory Kilvert

Henri Julien

Arthur William Brown

Arthur William Brown and Model, circa 1934

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