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A. B. Frost
(17 January 1851 - 22 June 1928, USA)
American illustrator, graphic artist, painter and comics writer. He is best known for his illustrations of Brer Rabbit and other characters in the Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus books.
Frost's work is known for its dynamic representation of motion and sequence and for his realistic hunting, shooting and golfing prints. He illustrated over 90 books, produced hundreds of paintings and was a pioneer in the development of comic strips. He was admitted posthumously to the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame in 1985.
He moved to London in 1877 to study art and work. He was one of the first American illustrators to have success in England when he worked on illustrations for Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
Back in the USA he became acquainted with the photographic experiments in motion of Eadweard Muybridge, which inspired him to publish his first sequential stories.
Frost's work was published in three albums: 'Stuff and Nonsense' (1884), 'The Bull Calf and Other Tales' (1892) and 'Carlo' (1913). [All three are now up on DCM] Because of his skills in depicting motion and sequence, Frost was a great influence on the early American newspaper comic artists, such as Richard Outcault, Rudolph Dirks, Jimmy Swinnerton and Fred Opper.
Frost incorporated his interest in hunting, shooting and golf into multiple illustrations and publications. He's considered one of America’s premier sporting artist.
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