Whether or not you recognize Garth Williams’ name, you must surely recognize his illustrations. Born on April 16, 1912, in New York City, his was an artistic family. As he said, “Everybody in my home was always either painting or drawing.”
Growing up on a farm in New Jersey must have given him an excellent background for illustrating books such as Charlotte’s Web, The Cricket in Times Square, Little House on the Prairie, and Bedtime for Frances. His family moved to England, where Mr. Williams studied architecture and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art. He won a British Prix de Rome as a sculptor. Williams was injured in World War II, serving as an ambulance dispatcher in London.