Saturday, December 10, 2011

Another New Discovery

Blog posting November 29th featured this book cover illustration of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  A friend recently made me aware that this particular illustration was done by Jessie Wilcox Smith. Since I was not familiar with this illustrator I did a bit of research and found out she was not the only illustrator for Little Women. The first book original illustrations were done by Alcott's sister May.
Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) was among the most gifted of the students of Howard Pyle. He was an American illustrator and author 1853-1911. Pyle authored the classic book Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. He founded his own school of art and illustration.
Smith is most famous for her work that graced the covers of  magazines such as Good Housekeeping (1917-1935) and Ladies Home Journal. In addition she was a prolific book illustrator. Her illustrations depict the everyday carefree moments of childhood such as being at the beach, playing in the park, playing with blocks etc. Perhaps you may have seen some of her illustrations but not known the identity of Jessie Wilcox Smith. 

December 10th birth date of  Emily Dickinson, poet and author
One of the more famous quotes associated to Dickinson is...
Hope the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul-
And sings tunes without words-
And never stops- at all.

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