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Ward, Lyndlocked

(26 June 1905–28 June 1985)
  • Dennis Wepman


Ward, Lynd (26 June 1905–28 June 1985), illustrator, graphic artist, and author, was born Lynd Kendall Ward in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Harry F. Ward, a Methodist minister, and Daisy Kendall. He went to public schools in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and spent his summers with his family camping at Lonely Lake in northern Canada. According to his wife May Yonge McNeer, “[H]e first thought of becoming an artist when, in the first grade, he made the astonishing discovery that the name Ward was really Draw turned backwards” (p. 249), and he spent much of his free time as a child sketching. He attended Teachers College of Columbia University, majoring in fine arts, and married his classmate McNeer during the week of their graduation in 1926; the couple had two children. They honeymooned in Leipzig, Germany, where Ward studied at the State Academy of Graphic Arts until the spring of 1927. While browsing in a bookshop in Leipzig, Ward found and was deeply impressed with a volume by the contemporary Belgian illustrator Frans Masereel, an innovator in the early 1920s of the wordless ...

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