Franklin Booth Biography
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This book does not purport to catalogue, explain, or analyze, Franklin Booth as a person or as an artist. It was never intended to be a book for references. The sole purpose of this book is to please the discriminating eye on the beauty of Booth’s exquisite line illustrations.

The artist’s biography has been published in books during his lifetime, numerous articles have been written by better writers and friends who have followed Franklin Booth’s illustrious career. It would simply be redundant to do so.

I was first introduced to the art of Franklin Booth many years ago by a close friend of mine, Alfredo Alcala, who was one of the Philippines leading artist at the time and was greatly influenced by Booth. By the early fifties, Alcala had amassed a boxful of clippings he had collected since childhood. He marveled at each meticulous line that booth rendered with every illustration. Alcala was able to incorporate Booth’s style of line drawing into his own illustrations to the letter, or better put, to the line. Except for one small variance. Booth drew with a pen for those fine lines. Alcala accomplished the same effect with an old Chinese brush. 

In 1925 a book of sixty drawings by Booth was published by the Robert Frank; Publisher. Fifty one years later, Nostalgia Press reprinted the book (A smaller format). Finally, twenty four years later a much awaited and beautiful book on Booth was published by John Fleskes who not only did justice to Booth’s work with the quality of the reproductions but would have surely received the admiration from Mr. Booth himself.

As an aspiring young artist, myself, in the early fifties, I too was captivated by Booth’s work. I too have a boxful of clippings and tear-sheets of Booth’s drawings since then. This book has been brewing within me for many years. Somebody once told me that there can never be enough books on Franklin Booth. I quite agree, least this great artist is lost in the dark halls of time.

Needless to say this book has been a labor of love from the very beginning. My good fortune was meeting a gentleman who is also an admirer and a collector of Franklin Booth’s work. Much of the pages in this book came from his own collection which he so graciously lent me. Mr. Duke Fuller has been a great inspiration and a wonderful friend to have. I feel very privileged to have his friendship.
As I mentioned in the beginning, this is not a book for references but simply to lean back and take pleasure in Booth’s mastery.

Think of this book as a box of candy which you’ll enjoy every time you open it.
Franklin Booth