Arthur Burdett Frost

(1851-1928)

Arthur Burdett Frost, born in 1851, was a largely self-taught artist although he studied briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine art and with William Meritt Chase in 1891. He was one of the great illustrators of the "Golden Age of Illustration". Frost is best known for his humorous drawings of homely farm types, country folk and animals. He also produced sporting scenes. In 1875 Frost was hired at "New York Graphic", and then moved to the Harper's staff a year later. He illustrated over 90 books including the 7 volume Uncle Remus books by Joel Chandler Harris. Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain were among other the other authors that Frost illustrated for. He also produced two of his own books; Golpher's Alphabet and Stuff and Nonsense. Frost's worked contained no idealism; he preferred to work true to life with genuine characteristics. Frost died in Pasadena, CA in 1928. His work can still be seen in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.