Cover of Collier's magazine, January 17, 1906
Jessie Wilcox Smith was a gifted student of Howard Pyle, the Patriarch of American Illustrators. Her prolific career included many pictures depicting the joys of childhood, modeled by children from her suburban Philadelphia neighborhood, and culminated in both wealth and fame.
Board games were very popular at the turn of the century, and this Colliers cover from 1908, depicting two young girls dressed in red, playing checkers, reveals Smith’s gift for making such everyday moments memorable.
Also printed in "Thirty Favorite Paintings by Leading American Artists." Copyright 1908 by P. F. Collier & Son.