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Frances Tipton Hunter
Birth: Sep. 1, 1896
Centre County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1957
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

2nd of 2 children of MICHAEL M. HUNTER & LAURA J. TIPTON

Occupation: Noted American illustrator (painter and illustrator of children's books, also designed covers for many magazines, including Red Book, Cosmopolitan, and The Saturday Evening Post.)

Never married, no children

Frances Tipton Hunter (1896-1957)

Frances Tipton Hunter was an important American illustrationist whose formative career spanned the years from 1920 to the late 1950's. Born in Howard, Centre County, Pennsylvania, in 1896, her life was fairly predicable until at the tender age of six she suffered a life altering tragedy with the death of her mother. It was decided that she would live with her Aunt and Uncle, and so she moved to Louisa Street in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Although we are only given hints of this early life, it seems apparent that this loss would have a lasting impact on her artist perspective throughout her life.

Hunter's artistic talent was first revealed during her high school years. After graduating from Williamsport High School in 1914, she moved to Philadelphia. Frances was a bright student who embraced the opportunities afforded her with enthusiasm and discipline. She first developed her artistic flair at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Arts where she would graduate with honors. Continuing to excel, she took her talent from a general knowledge to a more refined application by completing course work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Fleisher Art Memorial, again matriculating with honors. With the assistance of an art scholarship she moved to New York where she first found work illustrating children's fashion for department stores.

Many women illustrators of this era chose children and their pets as a general subject matter and Francis was no exception. Hunter's illustrations began to appear in Woman's Home Companion, Collier's, Liberty, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal. She was recognized through her advertisements, puzzles, and calendar art. In the early 1920's Hunter created a series of paper dolls that first appeared in Ladies Home Journal. Hunter's dolls created such a following that six beguiling youngsters would find their way on a regular basis into the publication. So successful was this series, that the Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin published The Frances Tipton Picture Book, which featured 20 color and 12 black and white illustrations of children and their pets, accompanied by verses and stories by Marjorie Barrows. The popularity of this book inspired the publication of a compendium of her doll artwork, Frances Tipton Hunter's Paper Dolls.

Francis Tipton Hunter's first Saturday Evening Post cover appeared on June 6, 1936 and was entitled "No Money for Her Soda". It becomes evident when perusing Frances Tipton Hunter's work, that she preferred painting the idealized portion of a child's existence. Many of her "children" in fact have the same open, broad face and reflective eyes as the artist herself. Francis patiently interprets the subtle nuances of a child's daily life, and managed to capture the many moods of childhood from the joys of summer, the playfulness of puppies, the wonder of nature, the magic of Christmas, and oh- - - the horrors and humiliation of wearing wooly underwear as sensed in The Post cover of February 27, 1937. In all Hunter contributed eighteen covers to The Saturday Evening Post beginning in the mid-thirties and ending in the early forties. It was her work for The Saturday Evening Post that elevated her stature to one of the top female illustrators of her time.
Curtis Publishing
1000 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Frances Tipton Hunter, nationally known artist and illustrator, died March 3 in Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. She was a cousin of Mrs. James Sullivan of Groveland Station. Miss Hunter, who lived at Garden Court Plaza, Philadelphia, spent a lot of time as a child with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tipton. She specialized in children subjects and had contributed to a number of National magazines. She illustrated many books including the Frances Tipton Hunter picture book.

Born in Howard, Pa., she attended schools in Williamsport and later graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.

Funeral services were held in Philadelphia, Pa. Burial was temporarily made in West Laurel Cemetery and Memorial Service will be held at Howard in May where final interment will be made.

Family links: 
  Michael M Hunter (1851 - ____)
  Laura J Tipton Hunter (1866 - 1902)
  Harold Tipton Hunter (1892 - 1913)*
  Frances Tipton Hunter (1896 - 1957)
*Calculated relationship
Howard Cemetery
Centre County
Pennsylvania, USA
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- Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 4, 2013
In memory and respect for a most talented artist........
- Carolyn
 Added: Jun. 18, 2012
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