The collection consists of original artwork by W. W. Denslow for
Denslow's House That Jack Built,
Denslow's Little Red Riding Hood,
Denslow's Three Bears,
all part of the Denslow's Picture Books for Children series published by G.W. Dillingham Co. in 1903.
William Wallace Denslow, best known as the illustrator of L. Frank Baum's
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,
was born in Philadelphia in 1856. Shortly afterwards his family moved to New York City. He began his formal art training there
at age fourteen attending the Cooper Union Institute and the National Academy of Design. In 1896 he met L. Frank Baum and
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
was published. Although the collaboration was met with great success, the pair only worked together on one more book, parting
ways due to financial disputes. While he never reclaimed his early success, he continued to illustrate and write children's
books, such as
Denslow's Mother Goose
Denslow's Night Before Christmas.
Adding another name in front of these classic titles was unprecedented, but Denslow's changes were perceived as justified
as he amended many of the verses to avoid what he considered unnecessary violence and questionable content. He also produced
a series of 18 booklets called
Denslow's Picture Books for Children.
His work featured his trademark of a Japanese-inspired, stylized seahorse monogram, winning him the nickname "Hippocampus
2 oversize flat boxes
(2 linear feet)
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
materials must be submitted in writing to Book Arts & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Collection is open for research and is available for use during Book Arts & Special Collections hours.