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Lynn Sweat (1934–) Biography - Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1934, in Alexandria, LA; Education: Lamar University, B.S., 1956. Religion: Protestant.

Career

Writer and illustrator. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal, Beamont, TX, staff artist, 1956–59; KFDM-TV, Beaumont, artist and cameraman, 1959; Continental Can Company, Beaumont, artist, 1959–60; Macmillan Publishing, New York, NY, assistant art director, 1960–64; Altman, Stoller Advertising, New York, NY, staff artist; freelance illustrator, beginning 1964. Exhibitions: Roko Gallery, New York, NY, 1973; Fairfield Library, Fairfield, CT, 1986; and Rose Farm Gallery, CT, 1988.

Honors Awards

Award of Excellence, Society of Illustrators, 1970, for promotional project Birds without Words; Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year, 1968, for The Rub Book, 1972, for Granny, the Baby, and the Big Gray Thing, 1975, for The Garden Is Doing Fine, and 1976, for Let's Celebrate: Holiday Decorations You Can Make and Good Work, Amelia Bedelia; Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers, 1975, for The Garden Is Doing Fine; Garden State Children's Book Award, New Jersey Library Association, 1980, for Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia; Children's Choice designation, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council, 1982, and Garden State Children's Book Award, 1988, both for Amelia Bedelia and the Baby.

Writings

SELF-ILLUSTRATED

Cluck, the Captain's Chicken, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1966.

The Wonderful Hunting Dog, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1973.

Vacation and Holiday Fun, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1987.

(With Louis Phillips) The Smallest Stegosaurus, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.

ILLUSTRATOR

James E. Seidelman and Grace Mintoyne, The Rub Book, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1968.

James E. Seidelman and Grace Mintoyne, Creating with Wool, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1969.

Peggy Parish, Costumes to Make, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1970.

Hal Hellman, Energy and Inertia, Evans, 1970.

John S. Marr, The Good Drug and the Bad Drug, Evans, 1970.

John S. Marr, A Breath of Air and a Breath of Smoke, Evans, 1971.

Hal Hellman, The Lever and the Pulley, Evans, 1971.

Peggy Parish, Sheet Magic: Games, Toys, and Gifts from Old Sheets, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1971.

Peggy Parish, Granny, the Baby, and the Big Gray Thing, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1972.

Seymour Simon, Science Projects in Ecology, Holiday House (New York, NY), 1972.

John S. Marr, The Food You Eat, Evans, 1973.

Seymour Simon, Projects with Plants, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1973.

Kay Nation and Bob Nation, Meters, Liters, and Kilos: Understanding the Metric System, Hawthorn, 1974.

Carol Farley, The Garden Is Doing Fine, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1975.

Norma Johnston, Of Time and of Seasons, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1975.

Peggy Parish, Let's Celebrate: Holiday Decorations You Can Make, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1976.

Peggy Parish, Beginning Mobiles, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1976.

Wesley Porter, Dragons of Peking, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1979.

Wesley Porter, First Summer, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1979.

Wesley Porter, The Magic Kettle, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1979.

David Eastman, What Is a Fish?, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1982.

Peggy Parish, The Cat's Burglar, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1983.

Caroline Arnold, Maps and Globes: Fun, Facts, and Activities, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1984.

Seth McEvoy and Laurie Smith, The Electronic Hurricane, Dell (New York, NY), 1985.

Seth McEvoy and Laurie Smith, The Magnetic Ghost of Shadow Island, Dell (New York, NY), 1985.

Seth McEvoy and Laurie Smith, Revenge of the Raster Gang, Dell (New York, NY), 1985.

Seth McEvoy and Laurie Smith, Save the Venturians!, Dell (New York, NY), 1985.

Caroline Arnold, Bodies of Water: Fun, Facts, and Activities, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Caroline Arnold, Land Masses: Fun, Facts, and Activities, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Laurence Santrey, Rivers, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1985.

Keith Brandt, Sound, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1985.

Keith Brandt, Sun, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1985.

Rose Greydanus, Let's Get a Pet, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1985.

Elin McCoy, Secret Spaces, Imaginary Places: Creating Your Own Worlds for Play, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1986.

Ginny O'Donnell, Hide-and-Seek Birthday, Bantam (New York, NY), 1987.

Ann Herman Scott, One Good Horse: A Cowpuncher's Counting Book, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1990.

Joanne Oppenheim, Wake up, Baby!, Bantam (New York, NY), 1990.

Morgan Matthews, What's It Like to Be a … Railroad Worker, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1990.

Carla F. Berry, Planning a Theme-Based Curriculum: Goals, Themes, Activities, and Planning Guides for 4's and 5's, Good Year Books (Glenview, IL), 1993.

ILLUSTRATOR; "AMELIA BEDELIA" SERIES

Peggy Parish, Good Work, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1976.

Peggy Parish, Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1977.

Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia Helps Out, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1979.

Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia and the Baby, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1981.

Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1985, reprinted, 2003.

Peggy Parish, Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1986.

Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia's Family Album, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1988.

Herman Parish, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1995.

Herman Parish, Bravo, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1997.

Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1999.

Herman Parish, Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2002.

Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2003.

Herman Parish, Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2004.

Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2004.

Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist?, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2005.

Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia under Construction, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2006.

Sidelights

Lynn Sweat is an artist and writer who is best known to young readers as the man who creates the illustrations to the "Amelia Bedelia" books. Begun by author Peggy Parish in the mid-1970s, the "Amelia Bedelia" series centers on a good-natured housekeeper whose lively literal-mindedness results in consistently humorous results. Although Parish ended the series after a decade, Amelia's adventures were restarted by Parish's nephew, Herman Parish, for a new generation of readers. Sweat has illustrated the entire series, much to the approval of both critics and readers. As Booklist contributor Carolyn Phelan wrote of the artist's work for Calling Doctor Sweat began his illustration career creating art for a variety of books, including John S. Marr's A Breath of Air and a Breath of Smoke, a warning to potential cigarette users that was published in 1971.Amelia Bedelia, "Sweat's cheerful ink-and-watercolor illustrations heighten the fun," while Abby Nolan commented in the same publication that in Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm the artist's "cartoony" renderings "are in toon with the zaniness" of the madcap maid's adventures.

In addition to the "Amelia Bedelia" books, Sweat has worked on numerous other children's books, most frequently as illustrator. Cluck, the Captain's Chicken and The Wonderful Hunting Dog are among the picture books he has both written and illustrated, while his self-illustrated The Little Stegosaurus was coauthored with Louis Phillips. A story that introduces toddlers to the world of prehistoric beasts, the book was praised by a Publishers Weekly contributor as a "friendly and informative introduction to the dinosaur age" in which Sweat's pencil illustrations "boast an unusual clarity and dimension."

Sweat once told SATA: "My childhood was spent on the coast of Texas. My first memories are those of being close to nature, dragonflies, turtles, frogs, ducks, wild geese, birds, and clouds. I always had a love for pencils, crayons, and libraries. Afer I graduated from high school, my interest in art led me to study commercial illustration in college.

"I have worked as a commercial illustrator in addition to devoting much of my time to painting. As time has gone on I have gone into fine arts more and more, so that illustration has become a secondary part of my life as an artist."

Biographical and Critical Sources

BOOKS

Marquardt, Dorothy A., and Martha Ward, Illustrators of Books for Young People, Scarecrow Press (Metuchen, NJ), 1975.

PERIODICALS

Booklist, January 15, 1993, Denia Hester, review of The Smallest Stegosaurus, p. 924; April 15, 1995, Carolyn Phelan, review of Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, p. 1509; August, 2002, Carolyn Phelan, review of Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, p. 1975; November 1, 2003, Abby Nolan, review of Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm, p. 506.

Horn Book, November-December, 2002, Betty Carter, review of Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, p. 763.

Idea (Japan), September, 1968.

Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2002, review of Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, p. 887.

Publishers Weekly, December 28, 1992, review of The Smallest Stegosaurus, p. 70; January 30, 1995, review of The Smallest Stegosaurus, p. 101.

School Library Journal, April, 1993, Carolyn Noah, review of The Smallest Stegosaurus, p. 103; April, 1995, Pamela K. Bomboy, review of Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, p. 114; August, 2002, Lisa Smith, review of Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, p. 164.

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about 3 years ago

I have charcoal drawings and an oil painted on a door that Lynn sweat gave us in the 1970's. I don't want them to windup at a thrift shop. Where shall we pass them on to. Thanks in advance for the advise.

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over 4 years ago




My wife Jean and I purchased a Lynn Sweat oil painting, "Caverns", at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. It toured about a year before it was delivered to us and we have enjoyed it for many years.
Gus

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over 4 years ago

I have a portrait painted by Lynn Sweat of my uncle, Lee Byrd. Story tells it was done when they were both art students, maybe at Lamar?

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over 5 years ago

Is there any way you can help me to send an email to Lynn Sweat? I bought one of his early paintings "on time" from him in 1960 when my fiance and I were students at LSU. I am hoping to reconnect with him and explore the possibility of obtaining another of his paintings from that time which is indelibly etched onto the canvas of my mind.
Your help will be appreciated.

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12 months ago

Lynn I'ved hoped you would have replied by now.

I have very good charcoals and large painting which you gave to my husband and I in the 1970's at the home of a mutual friend, Norman.

Please let me know what you want us to arrange for your.

Hope to hear from you.

Pat Hughes

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almost 2 years ago

If it is possible to forward this email to Lynn Sweat, I'd appreciate it.

Hello Lynn Sweat. I am an old friend of the late John Dermody. You worked together back in the 60s and as I recall he was very fond of you. He gave me a painting by you -- a head of a woman, who, he said, reminded him of me. Renovating my little apartment in an Etruscan lakeside village near Rome, where it has been hanging for over 30 years, I had to decide what to do with my old things, so I thought of you. You remain in my memory as a Southern gentleman, a species I'm fond of. If you get this email, I'd be happy to hear from you. Kind regards, Mary

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about 2 years ago

Hello, Is there an email address or any sort of address where I could write to Lynn Sweat? I have a painting of his and would love to contact him about it. Thank You! Jim McClane

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over 2 years ago

Hello, My name is Lynn Woodhall, my dad was Bill Woodhall and has inscribed a tryptic of water color birds that Lynn painted in 1960. Would love to be able to email Lynn and say hello and learn how/if he and my dad knew one another -0 which is likely since my dad worked in the graphic arts. With much appreciation.

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almost 3 years ago

I purchased several of Lynn Sweat's pieces from an estate in Beaumont, Texas. The lady who passed away was a very good friend of Lynn's when he lived in Beaumont and she had a small storage house full of his work. I purchased five pieces and have tried and tried to at least identify their titles, but I keep hitting a dead end. Is there some source for me to get this information?