Illustrations and Content: Hilary Knight © 2010
Artist Hilary Knight Donates Papers to The New York Public Library,
Including Materials Relating to His Character Eloise
and His More Than 50-Year Career as an Illustrator
November 2, 2009, New York City--Hilary Knight, the artist best-known for creating the classic character Eloise
with Kay Thompson, is donating the papers documenting his extensive career as an illustrator and author over
more than 50 years to The New York Public Library. The collection includes wide-ranging materials relating to
Eloise but also documents most of the nearly 60
books Mr. Knight has created as well as his work
crafting Broadway posters, magazine illustrations,
greeting cards, calendars, and advertisements.
The collection not only includes sketches,
research, dummies and final layouts, but contracts,
correspondence, publicity materials, reviews and
other items capturing the entire process of creating
his works. The gift was announced November 2, by
Library President Paul LeClerc, at its annual Library
Lions dinner where Mr. Knight was an honoree.
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Literary Lions dinner - November 2, 2009
Left to right: Annie Proulx, Janice Moore-Smith, David Smith, Julia Change, Hilary Knight
Pencil Water Color Sketch
for Plaza Painting (1964).
Illustration by Hilary Knight