Charles Santore

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Charles Santore
Born(1935-03-16)March 16, 1935
DiedAugust 11, 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 84)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materMuseum School of Art (University of the Arts)
Years active1985–2019

Charles Joseph Santore (March 16, 1935 – August 11, 2019) was an American illustrator[1] best known for his children's books. His work is on display permanently at the Brandywine River Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.[2] He won the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators in 1972.[3] His book William the Curious was honored in the 1998 Storytelling World 'Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners' category.[4] His most popular works include his celebrity portraits for TV Guide. Santore died on August 11, 2019.


Santore was born in Philadelphia in 1935[5] and attended the Museum School of Art (which is now the University of the Arts) where he studied illustration.[6] When he graduated in 1956 he served in the Army and then returned to Philadelphia to work in a small art studio. He started to get assignments from the N.W. Ayer Agency and his first editorial assignment was for the old Saturday Evening Post headquartered in Philadelphia.[6]

Career beginnings[edit]

In 1985 he was approached by Running Press to illustrate a new version of "Tales of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. It was a life changing experience as he realized how different it was to illustrate an entire book rather than just one image.[7]


Each book took him two years to complete.[7] His work appeared in publications such as Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, and many others. His most popular works were celebrity portraits he did for TV Guide magazine covers.[6]

Permanent collections[edit]

His illustrations are part of the permanent collections at many locations including: the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, The Free Library of Philadelphia, New York City's Museum of Modern Art, The United States Department of the Interior, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and many private collections.[6]


  • Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators[6]
  • Gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers[6]
  • "Edgar" from the Mystery Writers of America[6]


  1. ^ Fred B. Adelson (November 26, 2000). "ART; Narrative Images' Alluring World". The New York Times. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Meyers, Tiffany (September–October 2004). "Charles Santore". Communication Arts. 46 (5): 68–70.
  3. ^ "Hamilton King Award". Society of Illustrators. 2010. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "The 1998 Storytelling World Award Winners and Honor titles". Storytelling World. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles Santore". Embracing the Child. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Exploring the Narrative Picture". Society Illustrators. Retrieved August 13, 2014.

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