• Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Van Gogh

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Oscar Wilde

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Frieda Kahlo

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Alfred Hitchcock

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Abraham Lincoln

  • Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

    Queen Elizabeth I

Portraits of Famous Artists, Writers, and All Their Weird Quirks

Most people know that Elizabeth I wore wigs or that Vincent van Gogh cut his ear off. But did you know Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button or that Abraham Lincoln was bad with chicks? These are just some of the strange facts uncovered in James Gulliver Hancock’s animated biography book, Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff. The book features colorful one-page portraits of famous people, each one annotated with quirky facts, some well-known and some not so well-known.

Hancock, who past illustrated books include All the Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So Farsays the book is a love letter to the concept of objects. “Like possessions, small quirks reflect a person’s identity,” he says. “I’m a visual communicator and I always found it interesting when people have these props that become extensions of who they are.” From Abraham Lincoln to The Wright Brothers, Hancock’s book is a colorful salute to artists, thinkers, and their unique lives.

The book is on sale from Chronicle Books.

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