Albert Dorne

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Albert Dorne (1963)

Albert Dorne (February 7, 1906 - December 15, 1965) was an American Illustrator.

He was born in the slums of New York City's East Side, and had a troubled childhood plagued with tuberculosis and heart problems.[1] He would cut classes to study art in the museums, eventually quitting school altogether to support his family. After numerous jobs such as managing a news stand and acting as an office boy,[2] as well as a short professional boxing career, he began working in advertising.[3]

He apprenticed as a letterer with then-letterer and future prominent illustrator Saul Tepper before beginning a five-year stint at the commercial art studio of Alexander Rice.[3] He left the studio to begin a freelance career and soon his illustrations started appearing in such magazines as Life, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post and by 1943 was featured on the cover of 'American Artist' magazine, recognized as 'one of the best and highest paid in the field of advertising illustration.'[3]

In 1948 Dorne conceived the idea of a correspondence school for art, and recruited eleven other well-known artists and illustrators, including Norman Rockwell, to found the Famous Artists School.

In 1956, Dorne donated his pictorial resource file of over 500,000 items to the Westport Public Library. The collection is still in use today.


  • President, New York Society of Illustrators (1947–48)
  • Co-founder of the Code of Ethics and Fair Practices of the Profession of Commercial Art and Illustration.
  • Gold Medal for 'distinguished career', New York Art Directors Club, 1953
  • Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Adelphi College, 1958
  • Horatio Alger Award for Achievement, American Schools and Colleges Association Inc., 1963


  1. ^ Watson, E.W.(May 1943). Albert Dorne. American Artist, V.7,#5, p. 13.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c Watson, Dorne. p. 13.


  • The Illustrator in America - 1900-1966, Reed, Walt, Reinhold Publishing Company, New York, 1966.

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