Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Hagerstown, Maryland




Charles Santore Childrens Illustrations

October 19 - December 28, 1997

Peter Rabbitt

Charles Santore


Noted Philadelphia illustrator, Charles Santore, will exhibit illustrations from his well-known children's books. The illustrations are drawn from his published works Aesop's Fables, Tales of Peter Rabbit, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and the Wizard of Oz.

There will also be works from his recently published book William the Curious, Knight of the Water Lilies, an original fairy tale which Santore both authored and illustrated.

Santore's work has appeared in Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, and Esquire, however, his most popular works are the many celebrity portraits he has done for TV Guide covers. After 25 years as one of the country's leading commercial artists, Santore grew disenchanted with magazine assignments and embarked on a career illustrating children's books. What drew him to this field was the challenge of telling a story pictorially through varying locales and dramatic incidents.

Born in Philadelphia, Santore graduated from the Museum School of Art and studied illustration with Henry C. Pitz, the biographer of the Brandywine School. One of his early assignments was for the Saturday Evening Post. He has garnered many prizes including the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators and a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers.

Santore's illustrations have been in numerous museum exhibitions including the "200 Years of American Illustration" at the New York Historical Society in 1976, a solo exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum in 1992, and this year in the "Myth, Magic and Mystery" exhibition organized by the Chrysler Museum.

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