Parent company Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
Founded 1937
Founder Ernest Watson and Arthur L. Guptill
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location 1745 Broadway, New York City (Random House Tower)
Publication types Books
Imprints Amphoto Books
Back Stage Books
Billboard Books
Official website Watson-Guptill

Watson-Guptill is an American publisher of instructional books in the arts.[1] The company was founded in 1937 by Ernest Watson, Ralph Reinhold, and Arthur L. Guptill.[2] They also published the magazine American Artist.[3] Their headquarters are at 1745 Broadway, New York City, Random House Tower.[4]

Billboard Publications acquired Watson-Guptill in 1962. The Dutch publisher VNU (later renamed the Nielsen Company) acquired Billboard in 1993.[5] Random House acquired Watson-Guptill from Nielsen in 2008.[6] Five years later, Random House, which was owned by Bertelsmann and the Penguin Group, owned by Pearson PLC, merged to form the Penguin Random House company.[7][8]



  1. "Watson-Guptill – The Crown Publishing Group". CrownPublishing.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  2. "Ernest W. Watson Biography". ernestwwatson.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  3. "American Artist (Journal, magazine, 1940)". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  4. "Watson-Guptill Publications – Publisher Contact". JacketFlap.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  5. "Company News – Dutch Buyer Acquires BPI". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  6. "A Down Year for Random House". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  7. Calamur, Krishnadev (29 October 2012). "Penguin, Random House Announce Merger". NPR. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  8. "Penguin and Random House Merge, Saying Change Will Come Slowly". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-15.

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