AboutHarry B. Baker (1868-1941) was an illustrator who taught at the New York and Paris branches of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (which became Parsons The New School for Design) in the early 20th century. Before moving to New York, Baker traveled around the American West. He illustrated bar fights, cowboys, Native Americans, and street scenes. The collection includes photographs of Baker and his students, a letter from Frank Alvah Parsons, identity cards and papers, and illustrations by Baker, including one for the cover of Western Story magazine.
Related Archival Materials NoteThe Kellen Design Archives holds a portrait sketch of Baker drawn by New York School of Fine and Applied Art alumnus James Vinton Stowell (KA.0100). The Francis J. Geck papers (KA.0052) in the Kellen Design Archives include figure drawings that may have been produced in a class Geck took under Baker's instruction. The Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002.1) includes photographs of Harry Baker during his time teaching at the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art.