Jessie Willcox Smith – American 1863-1935

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Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was considered "one of the greatest pure illustrators"

She was a contributor to books and magazines during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Smith illustrated stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier's, Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, McClure's, Scribners, and the Ladies' Home Journal. She had an ongoing relationship with Good Housekeeping, which included the long-running Mother Goose series of illustrations and also the creation of all of the Good Housekeeping covers from December 1917 to 1933. Among the more than 60 books that Smith illustrated were Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline, and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses.

While studying at Drexel, Smith met Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley, who had similar talent and with whom she had mutual interests. They would develop a lifelong friendship. The women shared a studio on Philadelphia's Chestnut Street. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline, illustrated by Oakley and Smith, was published in 1897. Their teacher Howard Pyle helped to secure this first commission for the two artists.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Smith's career flourished. She illustrated a number of books, magazines, and created an advertisement for Ivory soap. Her works were published in Scribner's, Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Weekly, and St. Nicholas Magazine. She won an award for Child Washing. Green, Smith, and Oakley became known as "The Red Rose Girls" after the Red Rose Inn in Villanova, Pennsylvania where they lived and worked together for four years beginning in the early 1900s They leased the inn where they were joined by Oakley's mother, Green's parents, and Henrietta Cozens, who managed the gardens and inn. Alice Carter created a book about the women entitled The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love for an exhibition of their work at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt said of them, "These women were considered the most influential artists of American domestic life at the turn of the twentieth century. Celebrated in their day, their poetic, idealized images still prevail as archetypes of motherhood and childhood a century later."

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Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) by Julien Coallier – Paperback: 54 pages; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Mar 2, 2018)

The Now-A-Days Fairy Book by Anna Alice ChapinH – Hardcover; Pook Press (Jul 22, 2014)

A Child's Book of Stories by Penrhyn W. Coussens, Jessie Willcox Smith (Illustrator) – Hardcover: 496 pages; Pook Press (Jul 22, 2014)

A Child's Book of Stories is a compilation of some of the best fairy-tales in the world.

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jessie Wilcox Smith (Illustrator) – Hardcover: 184 pages; Pook Press (Apr 23, 2012)

Pook Press celebrates the great Golden Age of Illustration in children's literature. Many of the earliest children's books, particularly those dating back to the 1850s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pook Press are working to republish these classic works in affordable, high quality, colour editions, using the original text and artwork so these works can delight another generation of children.

The Jessie Willcox Smith Poster Book by Jessie Willcox Smith – Paperback: 58 pages; Derrydale Books (Aug 19, 1988)

Beautiful copies of her famous pictures.

Jessie Willcox Smith by S. Michael Schnessel – Hardcover: 224 pages; Crowell; 1st edition (1977)

Jessie Willcox Smith: American Illustrator by Edward Nudelman – Hardcover; Pelican Publishing (1711)

At the back of the North Wind by George MacDonald, Jessie Willcox Smith (Illustrator) – Paperback: 148 pages; Independently published (Oct 23, 2018)

Dream Blocks by Aileen Cleveland Higgins, Jessie Willcox Smith (Illustrator) –

This book contains a number of delightful children's poems written by Aileen Cleveland Higgins accompanied by the beautifully delicate illustrations of Jessie Willcox Smith.

Boys and Girls of Bookland by Nora Archibald Smith, Jessie Willcox Smith (Illustrator) –

This charming children's book contains eleven stories of famous child characters in fiction adapted by Nora Archibald Smith.

A Child's Book of Stories by Jessie Wilcox Smith – Hardcover: 463 pages; Children's Classics (Jan 1, 1986)

Eighty-six well-known stories, fables, and folk tales are illustrated by the artist whose paintings express the sweetness and innocence of childhood

The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose by Jessie Willcox Smith, Edward D. Nudelman – Hardcover: 173 pages; Pelican; Enhanced edition (Mar 31, 1991)

Contains full-color reproductions of original art with the addition of five color pieces originally reproduced in black and white in the first edition.

The Subject Was Children by Gene Mitchell – Paperback: 73 pages; Plume; First edition (Jan 22, 1980)

A study of the work of Jessie Willcox Smith, the most popular and successful woman illustrator of her time, examines and reproduces many of her paintings of children which appeared in children's books and on the cover of Good Housekeeping magazine

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