Pennell, Joseph

Renowned etcher, lithographer, illustrator, and author, Joseph Pennell is best known for his depictions of architectural subject matter.  Born in Philadelphia, he was trained at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Arts, and with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He received early recognition as an illustrator and, after selling several drawings to Scribner’s in 1881, he traveled to Europe, where he illustrated William Dean Howell’s Tuscan Cities.   He maintained a studio in London from 1884 to 1917, and exhibited his work internationally.

Among the many awards he received were the Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900, a Gold Medal at the Pan American Exposition, Dresden, 1903; and a Gold Medal at the Amsterdam Exposition of 1912.

Pennell held memberships at the National Academy of Design; the National Institute of Arts and Letters; the Philadelphia Society of Etchers; the International Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, London; and the Royal Belgian Academy Association.

His work is in the collections of the Luxembourg Museum, Paris; the Uffizi Gallery, Florence; the British Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum. His estate was left to the Library of Congress. 

The artist died in 1926.