I came across Charles Knight while doing some research for a school project. Quite an interesting character. (b. October 21, 1874 – April 15, 1953)
"As a child, Knight was deeply interested in nature and animals, and spent many hours copying the illustrations from his father’s natural history books. Though legally blind because of astigmatism and a subsequent injury to his right eye, Knight pursued his artistic talents with the help of specially-designed glasses, and at the age of twelve, he enrolled at the Metropolitan Art School to become a commercial artist. In 1890, he was hired by a church-decorating firm to design stained-glass windows, and after two years with them, became a freelance illustrator for books and magazines, specializing in nature scenes."
—Charles Knight wiki page
(site maintained by grandaughter Rhoda Knight)