Dean Cornwell


Dean Cornwell


Louisville, Kentucky


Illustration, easel and mural painting, genre, interior scenes

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Dean Cornwell became a premier illustrator and teacher of illustration and also a muralist.

He received his first training from Paul Plaschke at the local YMCA, and by age 18, he was a cartoonist for the Louisville Herald.  In 1911, he moved to Chicago where he worked in the art department for the Chicago Tribune and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1914, he received his first major commission, which was for The Red Book Magazine, and in 1915, he moved to New York and enrolled in the Art Students League and then at Harvey Dunn’s school of illustration in Leonia, New Jersey.