Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Thornton Oakley (1881–1953)


Charcoal on paper

Museum purchase; 2011.7

Pittsburgh native Thornton Oakley was a student of Howard Pyle (1853–1911) who settled in Philadelphia, eventually earning the reputation as the dean of Philadelphia illustrators. However, he was also a successful muralist, art instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, and president of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club.