Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson was a natural history illustrator who wrote and illustrated numerous children’s books on animals. Born in Chicago, he studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After serving in the Army during World War I, he worked as a mural painter’s assistant in New York City. He also accompanied several marine science expeditions as a staff artist. Between 1925 and 1930 he participated in expeditions led by Harry Payne Bingham to collect and study marine life for the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University; 50 oil and watercolor paintings are in the museum’s Bingham Oceanographic Collection. He also accompanied a 1930 voyage to the Galapagos for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. He published his first natural history children’s book in 1930, and went on to produce over a dozen, the last of which was about dogs in 1969. Reviews of the book praised their scientific accuracy and beautiful illustrations. In the 1930s and ’40s he also painted murals for the Works Progress Administration.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Mounted on card, apparently as issued.
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