Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art, leading up to the book's release in March.
We start with Howard Brodie considered by many to be the "dean of courtroom art" and who was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame with notable artists Rockell Kent and Norman Rockwell.
From the New York Times obit.
Howard Joe Brodie was born on Nov. 28, 1915, in Oakland and attended high school in San Francisco. After winning a drawing contest sponsored by The San Francisco Examiner, he was sent by the newspaper to study at the California School of Fine Arts in preparation for a job as a staff artist. He later worked for The San Francisco Chronicle and Life magazine.
Mr. Brodie was a staff artist at TheSan Francisco Chronicle when he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He was sent to the South Pacific as a combat artist and covered the last days of the Guadalcanal campaign.
Below are Brodie's Guadalcanal scenes from 1942-43.
These drawings are in the Library of Congress
|Soldiers going up the Matanakau River - Guadalcanal by Howard Brodie 1943|
| Inscribed on drawing: |
"3 Soldiers carrying a Jap prisoner who wouldn't walk and wanted to die"
Howard Brodie 1942-43
|Patrol in Action by Howard Brodie|
Howard started working for CBS news covering the trial of 1964 Lee HarveyOswald
assassin, Jack Ruby. Prior to that he covered the trial of Tokyo Rose in San Francisco. He’s
illustrated numerous notable courtroom battles including those of Charles Manson, Klaus
Barbie, the Watergate players, the Chicago Seven and Patty Hearst. His work is in the
Library of Congress and the Air Force Art Collection.
Below are select courtroom drawings
|Charles Manson seated during trial 1970 by Howard Brodie|
|HR Haldeman during Watergate by Howard Brodie|
|First Juror Max Causey during the trial of Jack Ruby 1964 by Howard Brodie|