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"Eloise is one of the more delightfully fiendish literary heroines of our time." -- Edward I. Koch (former NYC mayor!!!)

Hilary Knight was born on Long Island twenty-nine years ago and moved to New York six years later. Since both his parents -- Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges -- are artists and writers, it's not surprising that Mr. Knight found himself eventually at drafting school and the Art Students League, where he studied under Reginald Marsh. The Navy interrupted his studies from 1944 to 1946, but Mr. Knight went on painting -- ships. Since the war he has done work for Mademoiselle, House and Garden, Gourmet, McCalls, and the Woman's Home Companion, and has painted a number of murals in private homes. He is in love with Eloise. (from the back cover of Eloise, 1955)
Hilary in the News
Throughout his life and career, there have been many biographies and articles on Hilary Knight. Here are a few of them, including pictures and lots of great information about Eloise's illustrator. Whimsical Illustrations of Hilary Knight American Artist - March 1963 Hilary Knight Biography Illustrators of Children's Books 1957-1966 Hilary of the Plaza New York Magazine - January 16, 1989 Hilary Knight Book Links - July 1995 Eloise's Other Parent Gets His Due The New Yorker - May 31, 1999 Drawing On the Past 'Eloise' illustrator discovers character is still in demand New York Newsday - July 15, 1999 Hilary Knight Donates Papers to the New York Public Library   New York Public Library Press Release November 2, 2009 Eloise Moves to the New York Public Library The New York Times - November 3, 2009 Illustrator Hilary Knight Donates Eloise, Other Works to NYPL School Library Journal- November 10, 2009 Literary Guild brings 'Eloise' illustrator to Ware Center Lancaster Online/IntelligencerJournal Apr 14, 2013 
Hilarys website is  hilaryknight.com