If you’re interested in the history of modern illustration, you might be familiar with Joseph Pennell, an engraver/lithographer/author/artist who provided the illustrations for scores of books, including his own works. He and his wife Elizabeth were close to James McNeill Whistler and eventually produced a biography of the painter. And he’s also responsible for an iconic World War I poster envisioning the result of an Allied failure (New York in flames and
Nazi German planes flying over a shattered Statue of Liberty – visit to see a copy in our collection of WWI and II posters).
We’ve just finished processing a collection of Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell’s correspondence here at PPL, and a finding aid is now available online. The collection is now available for use, so if you’re interested in Pennell, stop in and have a look.