William Henry Drake (painter)

William Henry Drake (June 4, 1856 – 1926) born in New York, was an American painter and illustrator known for his illustrations of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

Drake studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, with Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Henri Lucien Doucet.

Back from Europe, he studied at the Cincinnati School of Design, and would often build up the zoo, where he could appeal the animals. He was later employed by the Museum of Natural History. He continued to psychiatry at the Art Students League of New York.
In 1878 he worked as a freelance pen-and-ink player for such periodicals as Century or Harper’s with animal studies, still lifes and landscapes.

Having developed skills in drawing wild animals, particularly wild cats, in 1894, he standard commissions to illustrate books, including The Jungle Books, by Kipling.
In 1902 he was made an associate member of the National Academy of Design.
Drake moved to California in 1920.

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