Peggy Bacon was an American painter, illustrator and printmaker. Bacon was born in Connecticut to an artistic family. Like her parents, Bacon eventually studied at the Art Students League, where she met a number of prominent artists such as John Sloan and George Bellows. During her years at the League Bacon experimented with a number of different styles and processes. Eventually Bacon realized her passion for printmaking, particularly drypoint.
All Alone. Lithograph. 1951.
An Object of Interest. Etching. 1942
As a printmaker Bacon produced a number of satirical illustrations. Her most recognized series was a group of caricatures titled, Off with their Heads. As Bacon’s career progressed she focused on book illustration, completing illustrations for around sixty books.
Antique Beauty. Drypoint. 1933
The Untilled Field. 1936. Etching
While maintaining a productive artistic career, Bacon taught at a number of art schools in New York and in Washington D.C. and Vermont.
The Awful Truth. 1941. Etching
Bacon’s many satirical etchings, lithographs and drypoint prints continue to be highly valued by print collectors around the world.