Gibson, Charles Dana

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Gibson, Charles Dana

Charles Dana Gibson, 1867–1944, American illustrator, b. Roxbury, Mass., studied at the Art Students League and in Paris. His work for Life, Century, Harper's, Scribner's, Collier's Weekly, and other magazines established him as a leading illustrator and delineator of aristocratic social ideals, most notably that of the ideal woman who came to be known as the Gibson Girl. His incisive drawings of fashionable life often convey both humor and understanding. He illustrated numerous books, notably Anthony Hope's Prisoner of Zenda and R. H. Davis's Soldiers of Fortune. Among the books of his drawings are The Education of Mr. Pipp (1899), The Americans (1900), A Widow and Her Friends (1902), The Social Ladder (1902), and The Gibson Book (1906).

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