Printmaker, illustrator and writer Peggy Bacon was born in 1895 in Ridgefield, Connecticut to parents who were both painters. After exhibiting an early interest in art, she studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1915-1920 with John Sloan, George Bellows, and Kenneth Hayes Miller. She taught herself the technique of drypoint and eventually used the technique as her primary medium.
In New York she met and married American painter, Alexander Brook. Together they were active in exhibitions and artist and museum organizations, including the Whitney Studio Club and Museum, American Print Makers and the Society of Independant Artists, to name a few.
Her earlier works were mostly drypoint, but by the late 1920s, Bacon was using lithography, etching and pastels. Through printmaking, her art developed a characteristic style- the transformation of appearances or people for a humorously insightful effect. Of all the publications she illustrated, perhaps the most memorable is "Off With Their Heads!", (New York, 1934).