A website devoted to the rediscovery of the works of early 20th century illustrator Henry E. Vallely (1881-1950). Perhaps best known for his chiaroscuro technique employed in Big Little Books, he also produced a large volume of work including fashion illustrations for women's magazines, spot illustrations for food periodicals, magazine covers and children's books. His art is distinctive and timeless and deserves the recognition that has until this time eluded it. Comments and contributions towards the preservation of the H. E. Vallely legacy are most welcome. All images are believed to be in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Early Years

Presented here is the cover of What-To-Eat, Book Thirteen, No. Two from August of 1902 and it's the earliest work of Henry Vallely I've been able to track down. A mere 21 at the time he was apparently already capable of producing a large volume of work on a regular basis, as evidenced by the additional 21 spot illustration within the magazine. His style was still being developed, for though he favored a heavy use of black ink, his line work is looser and sketchier than it would become once he started working for Whitman.

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