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    Jessie Willcox Smith (American, 1863-1935)
    Saying Grace, Good Housekeeping cover, November 1920
    Watercolor, oil, and charcoal on illustration board
    17-1/4 x 16-3/8 inches (43.8 x 41.6 cm) (image)
    Signed lower right: Jessie Wilcox Smith

    Good Housekeeping, Hearst Corporation;
    Private collection, Los Angeles, California.

    Jesse Willcox Smith was the predominate cover artist for Good Housekeeping during the magazine's golden period. Her charming covers were a major factor in the magazine's astounding success. Sales exceeded one million copies in the mid-1920s, and Good Housekeeping became the most profitable magazine in the Hearst Corporation's empire. The magazine was three-times more profitable than Hearst's other eight magazines combined in this era.

    We would like to thank Edward D. Nudelman, author of Jessie Willcox Smith: A Bibliography, for his gracious cataloguing assistance.

    Condition Report*: Unframed; unmounted; possible old adhesive to the edges of the board, mostly affecting the margins; slight edgewear to the board with a few missing chips to the extreme edges; there do not appear to be any signs of in-paint upon UV inspection.
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    Auction Dates
    July, 2020
    1st Wednesday
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