Henry Charles, Proposed Title Page, 2000. Ink and watercolor on board, 10 ½ x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
The story The Master Cat or The Booted Cat, was published by French writer Charles Perrault in 1697. Known today as Puss in Boots, the tale has thrived in contemporary culture alongside several of Perrault’s other famous creations, including Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. The ink drawings in this exhibition were created by freelance illustrator and artist Henry Charles and appeared in The True History of Puss in Boots with text by Michael Joseph (Cats in the Basement Press 2010).
Henry Charles’ freelance work has appeared on a variety of media, mostly book covers, advertisements, and jigsaw puzzles. Notable clients have included The New York Times and the Trenton Times. Charles received his BA from Rutgers University and has been a member of Rutgers University Libraries staff since 1978.