DIANA THORNE(Canadian/American, 1895-1963)
Diana Thorne was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1895. She studied art in Munich and Berlin, Germany. When the First World War broke out, Thorne was detained by the German government as a hostile alien. Fortunately, she was able to escape to England where she supported herself as a reporter, librarian and writer. At this time she began experimenting in illustration and etching. Thorne moved to the United States in 1917, eventually becoming one of America’s most recognized canine artists. She illustrated (and often authored) children’s books dealing with animal life. Thorne was also active as an original etcher. Most of her etchings were published in New York by Kennedy & Company. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her work is represented in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.