Working name of versatile Hungarian illustrator William Andrew Pogány (1882-1955), who built a considerable reputation in the UK before transferring to the USA, where he achieved even greater success in many different fields of art. His illustration work was carried out in a number of different styles and techniques, including pen-and-ink, lithography and watercolour. His most successful medium was pen, with which he produced imaginative drawings of delightful delicacy and exotic decorativeness. His UK publisher, Harrap, was remarkably indulgent with WP, and published several volumes of his hand-lettered text, illustrated in a range of different media and styles, and printed on fine tinted papers. Examples of this are the three volumes of tales from Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser (graph 1911), Parsifal (graph 1912) and The Tale of Lohengrin (graph 1913) – Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (graph 1910), and The Rubáiyát of Omar Khaiyam (1909). The effect is idiosyncratic and curious rather than artistically satisfying.
After 1915 WP settled in New York, where he widened his artistic activities to include mural painting and stage design and became an art director in Warner's First National Studios, Hollywood. [RT]
William Andrew Pogány