27 Mar

Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban portrait of Joan Baez, Time Magazine, November 23, 1962.

Russell Hoban was best known for his beloved children’s books about Frances, a lovably mercurial badger and a bread-and-jam-enthusiast. Hoban was also a successful illustrator (though he did not illustrate the Frances titles, which were mostly done by his wife Lillian), and while he taught at SVA in the early 1960s he freelanced for publications like Sports Illustrated and Time. His 1962 cover portrait of Joan Baez was, apparently, not beloved by Baez, but it’s arresting nonetheless. (See also this photographic portrait of Baez and Dylan in 1964.)

Others of his advertising and editorial illustrations were rich and detailed, while some of his ink drawings had more of an improvisatory feel.

From “The Unusual Career of Painter-Illustrator Russell Hoban,” American Artist, October 1961.

From “The Unusual Career of Painter-Illustrator Russell Hoban,” American Artist, October 1961.