Illustrators of Sabatini Houghton Mifflin First Editions
Houghton Mifflin used a fairly impressive list of illustrators for Sabatini's works. This table of their first editions is arranged chronologically. Linked illustrators have a short biography following the table. Linked books have a review page elsewhere on this site. Images of many of these illustrations can be seen on Frank Kreiger's Dust Jacket Gallery
Short Biographies Of The Illustrators
Harold M. Brett (1880-1955). Brett was an American illustrator who specialized in genre illustrations. He illustrated eight sabatini dust jackets from 1923 to 1929. Some of the most popular jacket illustrations on the sabatini books are by Brett. His oil painting of the jacket cover to Sabatini's novel Hounds Of God was offered at auction in 1997 for $3000 but did not sell.
Charles E. Brock (1870-1938). Brock was an English illustrator and portrait painter who was trained as a sculptor. He is known for his illustrations of period books by Jane Austen, Oliver Goldsmith, Daniel Defoe and Sir Walter Scott. He worked in Cambridge, England in collaboration with his brother, H.M. Brock, who also illustrated Sabatini books.
H.M. Brock. As stated in his brothers bio, he worked in Cambridge, England with his brother and was a book illustrator.
W. Smithson Broadhead (1888-1960). Broadhead was a British illustrator and portrait painter whose specialty was horse-racing art. He illustrated two Sabatini books.
Dean Cornwell (1892-1960). Cornwell was a U.S. illustrator and mural painter who had a successful career as a magazine illustrator in the 1920's. He painted murals in California and New York City including Rockefeller Center.
Harold James Cue (1887-1961). Cue was a U.S. illustrator who emphasized cowboy and aviation art. He was the illustrator of two Sabatini books including the popular Scaramouche.
Clyde O. Deland (1872-1947). Deland was a U.S. illustrator who died in 1947. In addition to illustrating the jacket of the later edition of Captain Blood, he also illustrated some of the books in the autographed edition of The Writings Of Sabatini.
George Giguere (early 20th century). Giguere was best known for war and western illustrations. He illustrated Bardelys The Magnificent for Houghton Mifflin which was his only Sabatini jacket illustration.
John Alan Maxwell (1904-1984). Maxwell got his start as a magazine illustrator in the 20's and 30's. In 1936, he was named one of the top-ten illustrators in the country. Born in Tennessee, he was considered an authority on the costumes of the civil war. In 1976, he was commissioned to paint a series of paintings for the DAR. He illustrated five Sabatini jackets.
C. Roy Morse (1917-1997). Morse studied at the New England School of Art. He is known for his marine genre paintings and for many years was an art teacher. He won the award for "Best of New England". Morse illustrated three Sabatini jackets.
Frank C. Pape (1878-1972). Pape was a U.S. illustrator who was known for his book illustrations. He illustrated only one Sabatini jacket.
Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972). Schoonover was born in new jersey and studied under Howard Pyle. He earned the reputation as a skilled illustrator and as a portrait, figure and lancscape painter of lively scenes. In 1914, he started on a career as a magazine and book illustrator. At the height of his popularity, it is thought that he reached 5 million readers a month.
N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945). Newell Convers Wyeth was born in Needham, Mass and trained under Howard Pyle. He became the most recognized illustrator in America and probably the most collectible illustrator of all time. He had an enormous output of over 3000 illustrations and an equal number of portraits, still lifes and landscapes. His illustrations included such periods as the old west, indian life, medieval and American colonial. He did illustrations for most of the major magazines and book publishers in the U.S. He was the father of Andrew Wyeth and illustrated five Sabatini novels. His 24" x 25" oil painting for the cover of Sabatini's Venetian Mask sold at auction in 1994 for $19,550.
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