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Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith

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Nationality: American

Birth Place: Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States)

Biography:
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863 to an affluent family, Jessie Willcox Smith attended private schools in that city, as well as in Cincinnati, Ohio. At age 20, she went to work as a kindergarten teacher but soon learned that she could not handle the stress of dealing with small children. On a suggestion from one of her cousins, Smith took art classes, first at the School of Design for Women, then at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Later, Smith went on to study at Drexel University. It was at that school she became good friends with two other artists, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley. The trio dubbed themselves "The Red Rose Girls," taking the name from the inn where they lived.

Smith's art work appeared in magazines, books and calendars. Soon she was sought out to do illustrations for ads for Ivory Soap, Kodak and Quaker. In 1915, Smith not only signed a contract as the cover illustrator for Good Housekeeping magazine, she also did one of her most famous pieces, Charles Kingsley's "The Water-Babies." Smith's art work appeared in such periodicals as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Century and Leslie's Weekly. She also did illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood and the cover for Heidi.

Smith passed away in 1935 at the age of 71. Fifty-six years later, she was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, just the second woman to be so honored at the time.

 

Jessie Willcox Smith Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) A Child's Garden of Verses, book illustration, 1905 Mixed media on paperboa...
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) A Child's Garden of Verses, book illustration, 1905 Mixed media on paperboa...
Lot 87361
Auction 5034
Thursday, February 18, 2010
$310,700
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Swift's Premium Soap Products calendar illust...
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Swift's Premium Soap Products calendar illustr...
Lot 78133
Auction 5111
Sunday, October 14, 2012
$134,500
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) A Child's Prayer, book cover, 1925 Mixed media on board 22 x 15.5 in. (ima
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) A Child's Prayer, book cover, 1925 Mixed media on board 22 x 15.5 in. (ima...
Lot 78153
Auction 5145
Saturday, October 26, 2013
$112,500
Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Angel, A Child's Prayer interior book illustration, 1926 Ink and watercolor...
Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Angel, A Child's Prayer interior book illustration, 1926 Ink and watercolor...
Lot 71181
Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
$2,375.00
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) Chapel Grace Church Nursery, The Century Magazine interior illustration, Nov...
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH (American, 1863-1935) Chapel Grace Church Nursery, The Century Magazine interior illustration, Nov...
Lot 71237
Auction 5213
Thursday, May 14, 2015
$4,250.00

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Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Among the Poppies, The Child in a Garden, Scribner's Magazine interior illust...
Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Among the Poppies, The Child in a Garden, Scribner's Magazine interior illustr...
Lot 68175
Auction 5372
Thursday, November 8, 2018
$30,000.00
Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Five O'clock Tea, The Child in a Garden, Scribner's Magazine interior illustr...
Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935) Five O'clock Tea, The Child in a Garden, Scribner's Magazine interior illustra...
Lot 68176
Auction 5372
Thursday, November 8, 2018
$30,000.00

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