James Daugherty

James Daugherty

American author James Daugherty (1889-1974) is known for his self-illustrated works about important figures from American history, particularly his biography of Daniel Boone. Born in Asheville, NC, Daugherty was brought up listening to his grandfather's tales about the famous American frontiersman, while living a quiet country childhood in Indiana and Ohio. He studied at the Corcoran School in Washington D.C. and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before moving to London with his parents (his father was stationed there for the Department of Agriculture). 

While in London (about 1908), studying under Frank Brangwyn, he disovered Walt Whitman when a fellow student let him borrow his copy of Leaves of Grass. Daugherty "took fire from his vision," he said, and shortly after moved back to America. He settled in Brooklyn Heights and, to make a living, began doing magazine illustrations and advertising drawings--"a waste of precious years," according to him. His career was established by the time WWI began and various agencies of the US government commissioned him to paint propaganda posters. After 1920 and into the 30's, he turned to mural painting depicting vibrant themes from American history--four huge ones are located in the State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, but others hang in the Smithsonian and other museums and private collections scattered across the country.

Finally, he turned to books. The beloved stories of Daniel Boone followed Daugherty through his first assignment of his profession, which was to illustrate Stewart Edward White's Daniel Boone, all the way through the release of his Newbery Award-decorated juvenile biography of the American Frontier hero. Daugherty's singular work garnered applause from many reviewers for its uniqueness in style and concept, and its authenticity respecting Boone and his world. Following this triumph in 1939, and inspired by his taste for the poetry of Walt Whitman, Daugherty proceeded to illustrate and edit the poet's work, America.

These were by no means his only works. Daugherty wrote 15 books himself and illustrated more than 100 (including several by his wife Sonia and son Charles, and an abridgment of Carl Sandburg's Lincoln bio). He worked on books about Emerson, Thoreau, William Blake, and focused a lot on American heroes, writing his own bio of Lincoln as well as accounts of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and many more. Two of his books, Andy and the Lion and Gillespie and the Guards, were Caldecott Honor Books. He also authored and illustrated no fewer than three Landmarks (including the second one published, Landing of the Pilgrims)!

He died in 1974, at the age of 82, in a Boston nursing home.

Most of his book drawings were done with charcoal, pastels, and black, brown and sepia conte. His art is modernist (he is considered part of the synchromist school), and focused on color abstraction, very fluid and almost reckless in feel, and he doesn't shy away from violence--which has resulted in some controversies in the last couple of decades!

 

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Abe Lincoln Grows Up
by Carl Sandburg
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Biography for 5th-8th grade
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Abe Lincoln Grows Up
by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Abraham Lincoln
by James Daugherty
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Abraham Lincoln
by James Daugherty
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Andy and the Lion
by James Daugherty
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1939 Caldecott Honor Book
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Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Better Known as Johnny Appleseed
by Mabel Leigh Hunt, illustrated by James Daugherty
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1951 Newbery Honor Book
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Bold Dragoon
by Washington Irving, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Child's First Book of American History
by Earl Schenck Miers, James Daugherty
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Child's First Book of American History (hardcover)
by Earl Schenck Miers, James Daugherty
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Courageous Companions
by Charles J. Finger, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Daniel Boone
by James Daugherty
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1940 Newbery Medal winner
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Daniel Boone
by James Daugherty
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1940 Newbery Medal winner
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Daniel Boone, Wilderness Scout
by Stewart Edward White, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Early Moon
by Carl Sandburg, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Gillespie and the Guards
by Benjamin Elkin, illustrated by James Daugherty
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1957 Caldecott Honor Book
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Henry David Thoreau
by Henry David Thoreau, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Heroes in American Folklore
by Irwin Shapiro, illustrated by Donald McKay & James Daugherty
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Joe Magarac and his U.S.A Citizen Papers
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John Henry and the Double-Jointed Steam Drill
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Landing of the Pilgrims
Landmark #2
by James Daugherty
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Landing of the Pilgrims
Spencer Press Landmark #2 (RH#3)
by James Daugherty
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Landing of the Pilgrims
Landmark Series
by James Daugherty
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Last of the Mohicans
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by James Fenimore Cooper, illustrated by James Daugherty
Realistic Action/Adventure Novel for 9th-Adult
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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by James Daugherty
2nd edition from Albert Whitman & Company
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Loudest Noise in the World
by Benjamin Elkin, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Magna Charta
Landmark Series
by James Daugherty
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Magna Charta
World Landmark #26
by James Daugherty
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Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
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Of Courage Undaunted
by James Daugherty
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Of Courage Undaunted
by James Daugherty
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Oregon Trail
by Francis Parkman Jr., illustrated by James Daugherty
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Picnic
by James Daugherty
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Poor Richard
by James Daugherty
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Poor Richard
by James Daugherty
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Promise to Our Country
by Captain James Calvert, USN, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Railroad to Freedom
by Hildegarde H. Swift, illustrated by James Daugherty
1960 printing from Harcourt, Brace & World
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1933 Newbery Honor Book
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Rainbow Book of American History
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Robert Goddard
by Charles Michael Daugherty, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Sound of Trumpets
by Ralph Waldo Emerson, illustrated by James Daugherty
Spencer Press Landmarks of American History - 10 Volume Set
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Splendid Spur
by Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by James Daugherty
1937 printing from Garden City Books
for 6th-10th grade
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Ten Brave Men
by Sonia Daugherty, Illustrates by James Daugherty
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Ten Brave Women
by Sonia Daugherty, illustrated by James Daugherty
Three Musketeers
Macmillan Classics
by Alexandre Dumas, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Trappers and Traders of the Far West
Landmark #29
by James Daugherty
from Random House
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Treasury of Best-Loved Hymns
by Daniel A. Poling, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe, illustrated by James Daugherty
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Walt Whitman's America
by Walt Whitman, illustrated by James Daugherty
West of Boston
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
White Company
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by James Daugherty
Historical Fiction for 9th-Adult
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Wild Wild West
by James Daugherty
from David McKay Company
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William Blake
by James Daugherty
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for 7th-Adult
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Yankee Thunder
by Irwin Shapiro, illustrated by James Daugherty
from Simon and Schuster
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