"At the age of six or so, I knew I fervently wanted to make pictures. to this day I still do. I think pictures when I write, I think pictures when I teach — and of course I think pictures when I paint or illustrate. So whatever I’m into, the vision is the same: a picture. I just think of myself as Pitz: Picture Maker."

Henry Pitz illustrated his first book in 1922 and over the next 54 years filled the pages of numerous books and magazines with his delightful work, most captured in pen and ink, a medium in which he was an acknowledged master. In addition to his considerable talents as an illustrator, he enriched the field by writing definitive histories of the genre, most notably The Brandywine Tradition (1972) and Howard Pyle (1975), as well as several books on technique. Pitz also left an indelible mark on several generations of artists in his 30 year tenure at the Museum School (now the University of the Arts) teaching drawing and illustrations.

Henry Pitz met Ben in 1950s and later asked him to teach drawing at the Museum School. In 1963, Pitz wrote a seminal article on Ben’s drawing for American Artist magazine, where Pitz was a Contributing Editor for over 30 years.

Top: Henry Pitz
Charcoal on paper, 1960
By Ben Solowey