Illustrator Spotlight: Harry Beckhoff

MGHL’s Charles Craver Collection is comprised of tear sheets featuring the work of dozens of important midcentury illustrators, some more well-known than others. One the collection’s lesser-known illustrators that we think deserves a larger audience is Harry Beckhoff. From the late 1920’s to the early 1960’s Beckhoff did illustrations for numerous books and magazines, most notably Collier’s (the periodical in which all of the illustrations we’ve highlighted first appeared). As evident below, his illustrations are often playful and full of movement, and his style is clean, eye-catching, and almost deceptively simple.

There isn’t much information about Beckhoff or his work available online, but you can learn a bit more about him by checking out his bio on the Charles Craver Collection finding aid or reading this post about the illustrator on the blog Today’s Inspiration.

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About the author

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