Happy Birthday, Robert Andrew Parker!

Happy birthday to Robert Andrew Parker, who turns 85 today. Since the 1950’s, Parker’s work has appeared in numerous books, magazines such as The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated, and museums and fine art galleries across the country. Many of his original watercolor illustrations for children’s books can be found in the Robert Andrew Parker Collection; check out a few highlights below.

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from The Ballet of Elephants, written by Leda Schubert (2006)

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from The People with Five Fingers: A Native Californian Creation Tale, written by John Bierhorst (2000)

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from Father Time and the Day Boxes, written by George Ella Lyon (1985)

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from The Mermaid and the Whale, written by Georgess McHargue (1973)

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from To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers, written by Wendie Old (2002)

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.