" Pease-Porridge Hot, Pease-Porridge Cold"   Lot no. 3947

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By Jessie Willcox Smith (American- 1863-1935)

1912 (Estimated)
18" x 25"
mixed media on paperboard
Signed Lower Right

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This mixed media art by Jesssie Willcox Smith, entitled “Pease-Porridge Hot, Pease-Porridge Cold,” was executed in 1912, and first appeared in print in Good Housekeeping Magazine, December, 1912, as a black and white double-page tinted internal illustration [“Jessie Willcox Smith, A Bibliography,” by Edward Nudelman, Pelican, 1989, p.146]. Two years later, the image appeared for the first time in book form as one of five black & white full-page plates in the renowned "Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose,” NY, 1914, Dodd, Mead and Company, which featured five black and white plates, and 12 color plates [Nudelman, A39]. Appearing for the first time in color, this image was printed along with 17 other illustrations in a series entitled “Mother Goose Pictures,” issued in portfolio, by the Cosmopolitan Print Department of New York, in 1919 [Nudelman, p.170].

(Edward Nudelman)

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