“Do you know an American magazine called Harper’s Monthly? There are things in it which strike me dumb with admiration, including sketches of a Quaker town in the olden days by Howard Pyle.” –Vincent Van Gogh, from a letter to his brother Theo, 1882. (illustration by Howard Pyle who is considered “the father of American Illustration”)
“I have hopes of making good progress because I’m getting some results with the lithographic crayon &c. that are stronger and better than the earlier drawings. Just a little further and I believe they’ll be able and willing to use me for illustration work of one kind or another. For, although this is seemingly humble, I’m made for such a position, I feel attracted by it and filled with strength.” -Vincent Van Gogh, from a letter to his brother Theo, 1883.