The art of Dugald Stewart Walker, 1883–1937


A posting of Dugald Stewart Walker’s work this week at the always excellent Golden Age Comic Book Stories sent me back again to the Internet Archive to see if there might be further examples among their collection of scanned library books. Sure enough there’s not only a copy of the book which GACBS sampled from, Padraic Colum’s The Girl Who Sat By The Ashes, but also other fairy tale collections by Colum, including the one featured here, The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said (1918). Colum is well-represented in the Internet Archive’s American Library section and many of his titles seem to be at least partly illustrated. A cursory glance at some of the others turned up his retelling of Greek myths illustrated by Willy Pogány.

I’m not as keen on Walker’s work as I am other artists of this period—he has a tendency to give his adult characters gnome-like features—but the line work and compositions are first class. The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said is especially nice for its many peacock details, some of which are featured below.




left: Bloom-of-Youth and the Witch of the Elders; right: What the Peacock and the Crow Told Each Other.

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8 thoughts on “The art of Dugald Stewart Walker, 1883–1937”

  1. Going by the story it would seem to be a dragon coiled in a circle (its head at the bottom, pointed upwards). A dragon is mentioned briefly so he evidently seized the opportunity to draw one.

  2. I have an original from Dream Boats and Other Stories
    Page 99 ” Calling It A Tail Did Not Make It ONe ”
    Is there a market for Dugald’s work ? Where is the best place to research prices etc.


  3. Hi David. There are many art auction sites online such as Artnet. Many require registration in order to fully use their search facilities but they’d be the best place to start.

  4. Hi,
    David Tait you inquired about a market for Dugald Stewart Walker’s art – yes, there is – ME! He is a relative of mine and my family collects his originals. Please let me know how I can get in touch with you. Thank you.

  5. I have what I think is a signed original of a blcak and white drawing of a sailing ship (galleon-type) on waves..has the #17 and the signature Dugald Stewart Walker in pencil. Anybody have an idea of value or what book this might be from? I

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