"The Sewing Lesson, Collier's Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 625

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By Jessie Willcox Smith (American- 1863-1935)

1907 (Estimated)
21.13" x 18.00", Framed 27.13" x 24.00"
Watercolor and Gouache and Charcoal on Board
Signed Lower Left

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December 1907 Collier's Magazine Cover

Other Literature: Page 20 of Priscilla Underwood"s "When Xmas Comes Around". "elizabeth sat on a little foot stool at her feet"


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Water Color Club, Sixth Annual Water Color Exhibition, 1908

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Utica, New York; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Water Color Club, Rotary Exhibition, 1909



National Weekly, December 28, 1907, illustrated in color on the cover

Edward D. Nudelman, Jessie Willcox Smith: American Illustrator, Gretna, Louisiana, 1989, p. 153

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            Jessie Wilcox Smith never married, but throughout her long career, specialized in drawing and painting mothers, babies and children. Her training was acquired at the School of Design for Women, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins, and at the Drexel Institute under Howard Pyle.

            She had begun as a kindergarten teacher but turned to an art career with the stimulus and assistance of Howard Pyle. Some of her best-known illustrations were for books: Little Women, Heidi, A book of Old Stories and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. She also painted a great many illustrations for magazines such as Collier's and McClure's, and did nearly 200 covers for Good Housekeeping. For several years, she shared house and studio with two other Pyle students, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley. Working in close proximity they also strongly influenced eachother's work as well as that of several other Pyle - school women. This relationship is told in The Red Rose Girls by Alice Carter. Smith painted and exhibited widely, revieving many awards, a Silver Metal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. She was also commissioned to paint many portraits of children.

            Two other biographies, Jessie Wilcox Smith by S. Michael Schnessel, and Jessie Wilcox Smith American Illustrator by Edward D. Nudelman (who also contributed A bibliography) have been published.