Knights of the Round Table, Medieval Chivalry, Errant Warriors, Castles, Magic and Sorcery. Pyle offered one of the classic tellings of Arthurian lore and legends, profusely illustrating this and others of his own books.
Pyle (1853-1911) also wrote and illustrated classic retellings of other Arthurian tales as well as Robin Hood. He also authored original stories which he illustrated, along with many other titles such as He was perhaps one of the most influential children’s book illustrators, influencing such artists as N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and others. The Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania, just north of Wilmington, DE has a very good collection of Pyle’s work along with those he influenced.
Title: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
Author: Howard Pyle
Artist: Howard Pyle
Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
Date Published: 1903
Below are some representative image of the found in the GALLERY. Each image is linked to a page where it may be downloaded in various sized high resolution formats.
King Arthur of Britain
Sir Kay breaketh his sword at ye Tournament.
Two knights colliding in a tournament. The both hold lances, and one lance has shattered. The knight falls.
Sir Kay showeth the mystic sword unto Sir Ector.
How Arthur drew forth ye sword
In the Valley of Delight
The Battle with the Sable-Knight
Excalibur the Sword
The Lady Guinevere stands holding a rose. Two mounted knights, perhaps jousting, ride near a castle in the background.
Two Knights do Battle before Cameliard
Woman with Rose: Decorative margin piece: A woman holds and smells a rose.
The White Champion meets Two Knights at the Mill
Four Knights serve the Gardener Lad - The "boy" sits at a table. Sirs Gawain, Ewaine, Geraint, and Pellias pour drink and bring food.
The Gardener Lad takes off his Cap - King Leodegrance and Guinevere discover that the boy is Arthur.
Arthur and Guinevere meet, as she steps form a coach or pavilion, attended to by knights, pages and servants.
Circular margin detail of a knight with drawn sword.
The Lady of the Lake stands with trees and a flying goose or swan in the background.
A woman writes or paints on a board in the outdoors.
The Enchanter Merlin sits a a table or desk and consults his big old book. It is illuminated and obviously of great magical importance. A magic ball lies on the desk, too.
An enchantress or sorceress (Vivien?) looks cunning and devious.
Vivien Bewithces Merlin