|Henry Clarence Pitz (1895-1976) was born and died in Philadelphia. During his career as an artist, he was identified as an illustrator in the Brandywine tradition and as a follower of Howard Pyle. He illustrated books, including "Amigo: Circus Horse" (1955), and was also a well respected teacher of drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Newark School of Art. |
In 1948 Henry Pitz went to the circus in New York and Philadelphia and detailed what he saw in a series of drawings that seem fresh and contemporary more than fifty years later. Pitz follwed the Ringling and other circuses as they came to town and changed war-weary lives.