Harry Lachman (1886-1975) was born in LaSalle, Illinois and attended the University of Michigan. His career in illustration included both books and magazines; he created three covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
Lachman spent time in Paris, where he focused on post-impressionist painting, earning Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the highest order of merit from the French government. His works were exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
He later became interested in movie making, working as a set designer and director. He helmed films such as Laurel and Hardy’s Our Relations, Dante's Inferno starring Spencer Tracy, and several Charlie Chan movies.