Crowther, Robert W.

Robert W. Crowther was born in Philadelphia in 1902. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and also privately with Thornton Oakley, a well-known artist of the Howard Pyle School of American Illustration.

Crowther's first illustrations appeared in the Lutheran Young Folks magazine in 1924. During the 1930s, he contributed to most of the major magazine publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, Farm Journal, Liberty, Cosmopolitan, Pictorial Review, McCall's, and Good Housekeeping. He worked primarily in charcoal, from which he obtained a full range of values, from rich blacks to crisp whites. This made for strong, dramatic pictures and insured good reproduction.

Crowther was an instructor at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art from 1926-28, and a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. His work is in the Hall of Nations, Asbury Park, New Jersey, and the University of Illinois in Urbana.

The artist died in 1978.