Monday, March 5

Happy birthday t' you!

Happy birthday American illustrator and author Howard Pyle!

Pyle is credited with creating the now stereotypical image of pirate dress.

A number of Pyle's pirate legends and illustrations were published in 1921 as Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates -- 10 years after his death!

Pyle's romanticized view of pirates has influenced movie pirates such as Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp.

Pyle created this sketch in 1903 for his student Thornton Oakley, who later allowed it to be reproduced in Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.

That tiny sketch was sold at auction in Philadelphia on Feb. 2, 2012 for $20,000!

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