Monday, May 21, 2012

True Dog Stories • Etchings by Diana Thorne

I found this beat up little book True Dog Stories, written by Albert Payson Terhune and illustrated with fantastic etchings by Diana Thorne. The book is aimed at children and is filled with short stories about real adventures of real dogs.  But the stars of the book, in my opinion, are the fifteen black-and-white etchings by Diana Thorne. These prints capture not just the details of several breeds of dogs, but seem to get into their emotions, revealing their character as well as their beauty.
Albert Payson Terhune's True Dog Stories with etchings by Diana Thorne, published in 1936

Diana Thorne was born Ann Woursell on October 7, 1895 in Odessa, Russia. She emigrated from Russia and Germany due to persecution in those countries, and eventually arrived in New York in 1920. She is well-known for her canine etchings, but did illustrate and publish books in a variety of genre, produced illustrations for magazine covers, as well as executing artwork in a number of mediums.

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