The collection contains original artwork by Clement Hurd for the children's books
The Cat from Telegraph Hill
The Faraway Christmas: A Story of the Farallon Islands,
both written by his wife Edith Thacher Hurd and published in the 1950's.
Clement Hurd was born January 12, 1908 in New York City, the son of a mortgage banker. He graduated with a PhD from Yale University
in 1930 and later studied painting in Paris with the artist Ferdinand Leger from 1931 to 1933. He illustrated his first children's
book in 1938,
Bumble Bugs and Elephants
by Margaret Wise Brown. The following year, he won the assignment to illustrate Gertrude Stein's first and only children's
The World is Round
. The same year he married children's author Edith Thacher with whom he collaborated on more than fifty books. Their son Thacher
Hurd also became an author and illustrator of children's books and all three worked on
Little Dog Dreaming
, published in 1967. Throughout his long and prolific career, Clement Hurd illustrated over seventy-five children's books,
including the classics
The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown. He died in 1988 in San Francisco.
1 flat file, 1 oversize flat box
(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.