Walter Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was born in Gardner, Massachusetts
At the age of 19 he moved to New York City to work as an illustrator for the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper and as a freelance to several other publications. In 1900, he became a staff artist and cartoonist for Life Magazine. During a career that spanned 70 years, Cady worked for the nation’s most popular publications, including St. Nicholas Magazine, Boys' Life, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and Country Gentleman.
Harrison Cady is best known for his collaboration with writer Thornton W. Burgess, producing dozens of books and hundreds of comics featuring both fantastic and realistic animal illustrations. In 1910, they published their first book, Old Mother West Wind, in which Cady illustrated “the adventures of the animals in the Green Forest.” Their partnership would continue for five decades, with Cady’s animated illustrations of the very popular animal characters, including Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Chippy Chipmunk, Reddy Fox and many others.
Harrison Cady also authored and illustrated several books, including his Butternut Hill series, Johnny Funny-Bunny's Picnic Party and Spring Moving Day.
The Boston Daily Globe dubbed Harrison, “the man who dreams bugs.”