William Croome

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William Croome (1790–1860) was an American illustrator and wood engraver in the 19th century.[1][2] He trained with Abel Bowen in Boston, Massachusetts. Croome's work appeared in the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge (1830s), Lady's Annual (1830s), Crockett Almanac (ca.1840s), and in numerous children's books.[3]

From: Crockett Almanac, 1839

Works with illustrations by Croome[edit]

  • The child's annual. Boston: Allen & Ticknor, 1834
  • The Token and Atlantic Souvenir, 1836[4]
  • Caroline Howard Gilman. The Lady's annual register and housewife's memorandum book. Boston: 1837-1840.
  • Crockett Almanac 1839. Containing Adventures, Exploits, Sprees & Scrapes in the West, & Life and Manners in the Backwoods. Nashville, Tennessee. Published by Ben Harding, 1838.[5]
  • John Stevens Cabot Abbott. The school-boy: or, A guide for youth to truth and duty. Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1839.
  • Jacob Abbott. Caleb in the country: A story for children. Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1839
  • Crockett Almanac Improved 1842. Boston. Printed and Published by S. N. Dickinson, 1841.
  • John Frost. Book of the Navy. 1843
  • John Frost. The pictorial history of the United States of America: from the discovery by the Northmen in the tenth century to the present time. ca.1843. 1852 ed. (Boston: H. Wentworth)
  • Graham's Magazine. Oct. 1844. Illustration to Charles J. Peterson's "The Pic-Nic: a Story of the Wissahicken." (Croome's interpretation described in 1983 by historian Burton Pollin: "simpering expressions and contrived postures, and ... overdressed characters"[6])
  • S.G. Goodrich. A pictorial natural history: embracing a view of the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms; For the use of schools. Boston: James Munroe & Company, 1845. New edition (1854).
  • William Spottswood White. The African preacher: An authentic narrative. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1849
  • Songs for the People. 1849
  • Clara Moreton (Clara Jessup Moore[7]) Frank and Fanny: a rural story. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1851
  • Falconbridge. Dan. Marble: a biographical sketch of that famous and diverting humorist, with reminiscences, comicalities, anecdotes, etc., etc. New York: Dewitt & Davenport, 1851. Google books
  • Godey's Lady's Book

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ WorldCat. Croome, William 1790-1860
  2. ^ Frank Weitenkampf. American graphic art. 1912
  3. ^ W. J. Linton. The History of Wood-Engraving in America. Chapter III. American Art Review, Vol. 1, No. 7 (May, 1880), pp. 284+
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society. "Token". 
  5. ^ Frederick S. Voss. Portraying an American Original: The Likenesses of Davy Crockett. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 91, No. 4 (April, 1988)
  6. ^ Burton R. Pollin. Edgar Allan Poe and John G. Chapman: Their Treatment of the Dismal Swamp and the Wissahickon. Studies in the American Renaissance, (1983), p.261
  7. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 118. 

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