Good Housekeeping Magazine Cover Original Illustration, September 1932
framed under glass in a gold leaf carved wood frame
"A Girl with a Cat" ("Learning"). Charcoal, watercolor/gouache and oil on illustration board, ca. 1932, signed along the lower right, framed under glass in a gold leaf carved wood frame overall 17 ⅛" x 18 ¾". Provenance: collection of the artist, by descent in the family to Catharine Willcox Augustine, to the current owner. Accompanied by a photocopy of a loan agreement for exhibition "The Studios at Cogslea", February 20-March 28, 1976, The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington. Reproduced as the cover from "Good Housekeeping", September 1932.
Jessie Willcox Smith was a genuine superstar among female illustrators in the United States during the Golden Age of American illustration. Besides her many successes as an illustrator, she worked for "Good Housekeeping" magazine, designing covers between 1917 and 1932. The Hall of Fame of the Society of Illustrators has inducted only 10 women since its inception in 1958. Smith was the second of these, in 1991, after Lorraine Fox. Of the ten, three of them were members of The Red Rose Girls, Jessie Smith herself, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley. The women's homes were arguably the finest assembly of illustrative talent ever seen in American life.