BURDETTE (A.B.) FROST
(1851 - 1928)
B. was born in Philadelphia and grew up watching and participating
in many hunting experiences. His love of the sport and his
intimate knowledge of nature combined to make him one of the
foremost illustrators of American rural and small-town life
at the turn of the century. Frost studied at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts, and spent his summers fishing, rowing,
and hunting ducks and snipe. In his drawings there was a directness
and honesty, which showed his sympathetic understanding of
his subject. He completed hundreds of watercolors and oils
of the New Jersey seaside and is probably best known for his
hunting and shooting prints created in realistically detailed
woodland or marsh scenes that capture the drama of the sport.
had built a career as an illustrator for books and magazines
when Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll,
asked him to provide artwork for a book of poems. The two
began a tumultuous professional relationship that ended badly
due to Dodgson's uncompromising critiques.
is perhaps best known for the illustrations he provided for
Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit books,
but over a career of more than fifty years he created innumerable
drawings and paintings for such authors as Theodore Roosevelt
and magazines such as Harper's Weekly, Scribner's and Life.
He was known for the utterly convincing detail of his illustrations.
Frost's wife also painted and worked with him at Harper's.
The poet Robert Frost was a distant cousin.