FYI April 10, 2019

On This Day

1500 – Ludovico Sforza is captured by Swiss troops at Novara and is handed over to the French.
Ludovico Maria Sforza (also known as Ludovico il Moro;[1] 27 July 1452 – 27 May 1508), was Duke of Milan from 1494, following the death of his nephew Gian Galeazzo Sforza, until 1499. A member of the Sforza family, he was the fourth son of Francesco I Sforza. He was famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance. He is probably best known as the man who commissioned The Last Supper.



Born On This Day

1903 – Clare Turlay Newberry, American author and illustrator (d. 1970)
Clare Turlay Newberry (April 10, 1903 – February 12, 1970)[1] was an American author and illustrator of 17 published children’s books, who achieved fame for her drawings of cats, the subject of all but three of her books.[1] Four of her works were named Caldecott Honor Books.

Born in Enterprise, Oregon, she began drawing cats at the age of two and sold her first illustrations, a series of paper dolls, to the children’s magazine John Martin’s Book at age 16.[2] She spent a year at the University of Oregon (1921–1922), then studied art at the School of the Portland Art Museum (1922–23) and the California School of Fine Arts (1923–24), but never finished her academic art training.[2][3]

In 1930 she went to Paris to study at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. The next year, in order to earn enough for passage to return to the US, she illustrated a story she had written before leaving for Paris, about a little girl named Sally who got a lion for her birthday. It was published as her first book, Herbert the Lion, to acclaim.[3] The New York Times praised it as “refreshingly imaginative” and “full of high spirited nonsense”.[4]

She had hoped to become a portrait painter, but she abandoned this in 1934 for cat illustration. Her next book, Mittens, was the story of a six-year-old boy who posts an ad for his lost kitten. It became a bestseller and was named one of the Fifty Books of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.[3] Her four Caldecott Honor Books were Barkis, about a sister jealous of a brother’s new puppy, Marshmallow, about the relationship between a cat and a baby rabbit, April’s Kittens, about a family with an extra kitten in an apartment that permits only one cat, and T-Bone the Babysitter, about a cat with spring fever.[3] Her book Smudge was also one of the AIGA Fifty Books of the Year.[1]

With the exception of Herbert the Lion and Lambert’s Bargain, about the birthday gift of a hyena, Newberry’s subjects were all drawn from life.[2][3] In 1946, she purchased a month-old ocelot named Joseph for $500 from a sailor who brought it from Venezuela. The New York Times reported the news with the headline “Still A Lot For Ocelot”.[5] After using the ocelot, now dubbed Rufus, as a live drawing model, Newberry offered to give the ocelot away to a good home, but unfortunately Rufus died, possibly from a disease acquired from one of his many visitors or prospective owners.[6][




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