Joseph Clement Coll

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Joseph Clement Coll
Born (1881-07-02)July 2, 1881[1]
Died October 19, 1921(1921-10-19) (aged 40)[1]
Nationality American
Known for Pen and ink Illustration

Joseph Clement Coll (July 2, 1881 – October 19, 1921) was an American book and newspaper illustrator. He was known for his pen and ink story illustrations that were used to illustrate adventure stories such as Conan Doyle's Sir Nigel.[2]

Illustration career

Joseph Clement Coll began his professional career working for the New York American in the late 1890s. He was soon working for magazines such as Collier's, Everybody's and the American Sunday Magazine. Coll's reputation stands mainly on his pen & ink story illustrations.

In contrast to most illustrators who worked in pen & ink, Coll achieved true tonal gradations in his illustrations by using pen strokes to build up a complete range of values. He was influenced by the Spanish pen & ink artist Daniel Vierge. According to illustration experts,[who?] Coll's other great qualities were his vivid imagination and the unique perspectives that he used in his works.

Coll was also a painter and he often did paintings for the cover or frontispiece of books which were reproduced in color and then pen & inks to illustrate the text. He was considered to be an ideal illustrator for authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and other adventure writers.[3] His illustrations for books such as Talbot Mundy's King of the Khyber Rifles and Sax Rohmer's The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu were widely reprinted for many years. Coll died in 1921 of appendicitis, aged 40.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dictionary of Literary Biography (Gale Publications).
  2. John Fleskes, ed., Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure, Flesk Publications, 2003
  3. See Walt Reed, America's Great Illustrators, Abbeville Press, 1979, p. 36 for context in Coll's standing in the illustration field.


  • Walt Reed, America's Great Illustrators, Abbeville Press, 1979, p. 36
  • John Fleskes, ed., "Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure", Flesk Publications, 2003

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