Charles Dana (C. D.) Gibson Biography

Charles Dana Gibson, famed illustrator of the late 19th and early 20th century. More than simply the creator of the Gibson Girl.

C. D. Gibson captured the timeless aspects of humanity that could be found in his - or any time - in a pose, a look, or quiet joke.

Works by well-known Scribner artists Howard Pyle, A. B. Frost, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, and N. C. Wyeth, including several oil paintings by the latter  which were commissioned for the Scribner Illustrated Classics series.

Charles Dana Gibson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1867. A talented artist, Gibson sold his first drawing to Life Magazine when he was only 19. His early influences include Howard Pyle, Charles Keene and Phil May.

After studying at the Arts Students League in New York his illustrations were published in Harper's Weekly. and Scribner's Magazine. Gibson eventually obtained a full-time post with Life Magazine, where he became famous for his drawings of American high society. The young women in his drawings became known as Gibson Girls.

Gibson eventually became the owner and editor of Life Magazine. Charles Dana Gibson died in 1944.