"Although Leyendecker was one of American's favorite illustrators
and trend setters in graphic design, he remained an intensely private
person throughout his life. He was born in Germany of Dutch ancestry
and brought to the United States at the age of eight with his family
who settled in Chicago. He studied at the Chicago Art Insitute while
apprenticing as an engraver. From the age of twenty he made his living
as an illustrator. His creations for men's fashions represented a
revolutionary achievement, his drawings became synonymous with elegance
in America" (Rennert, PAI-XXXIV,
See Parrish's Century Design
The Century Magazine was first published in the United States in 1881
by The Century Company of New York City as a successor to Scribner's
Monthly Magazine. It ceased publication in 1930.
After the death of Charles Scribner differences arose between the
management, and the publishing firm of Charles Scribner’s Sons, which
resulted in the withdrawal of the Scribner interests and a change
of name to The Century Magazine in 1881. Dr. Holland was to have continued
in the editorship, but before the appearance of the first issue of
the Century he died, and was succeeded by Richard Watson Gilder, who
from the first had been associate editor.
Gilder was a man of greater literary ability and finer taste, and
though he could hardly have gained initial success for the venture
as well as did Holland it is to him that the high rank of the Century
is largely due.
Without neglecting fiction, poetry, and other general literature
the magazine has devoted rather more attention than has Harper’s
to matters of timely, though not of temporary, interest. From the
first Scribner’s Monthly made much of its illustrations, and both
directly and by the effect on its competitors its advent had much
to do with the improvement of American engraving and printing. It
claims credit for originating, in the mechanical department, several
practical innovations of value, such as the dry printing of engravings.