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Harrison Cady

Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was an American illustrator and author, best known for his work in children's literature and comic strips. Cady was born in Gardner, Massachusetts and showed an early talent for drawing. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and began his career as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as "McClure's" and "The Saturday Evening Post".


In 1904, Cady began working for "Life" magazine, where he created a number of successful comic strips, including "Peter Rabbit", "The Jungle Band", and "The Grandfather Frog Series". Cady's illustrations were notable for their whimsy and charm, and his animal characters became beloved by readers of all ages.


In addition to his work in magazines and newspapers, Cady illustrated numerous children's books, including the "Peter Rabbit" series by Thornton Burgess and  "The Burgess Animal Book for Children." Cady's illustrations were praised for their accuracy and attention to detail, as well as their ability to capture the personalities of the animal characters.


Cady was also an author in his own right, writing and illustrating a number of books, including "The Adventures of Granny and Grandaddy Longlegs" and "The Little Red Hen Series". He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and won numerous awards for his work, including the Henry H. Battles Memorial Award for excellence in animal illustration.


Harrison Cady passed away in 1970 at the age of 93, but his legacy as one of the most beloved and influential illustrators of the early 20th century continues to live on. His illustrations have become iconic representations of some of the most beloved characters in children's literature, and his impact on the field of illustration continues to be felt to this day.

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