""She stepped to her place and fired without taking her usual careful aim""   Lot no. 2789

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By Alice Barber Stephens (American- 1858-1932)

1905 (Estimated)
19.50" x 12.25"
Charcoal and Wash on Paper
Signed Lower Right



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She stepped to her place and fired without taking her usual careful aim.” Illustration for Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott, for the 1905 edition published by Little, Brown and Company, page 247

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            Sincerity and good taste, as well as technical excellence, make the illustrations of Alice Barber Stephens a pleasure to look at. The early discipline of her work as a wood engraver for Scribner's was in some measure responsible for her fine draftsmanship. She was most successful in quiet settings, with humble subjects. Among her best is a series of pictures of old men and women, inmates of the Philadelphia almshouse.

            She was trained at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, and at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, where she later taught portrait and life classes.

            Among her many awards were the Mary Smith Prize, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in 1890; Bronze Metal, Atlanta Exposition, in 1895; and a Gold Medal in London, 1902.