"Baby's First Christmas"   Lot no. 877

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By Rose O'Neill-Cecil Latham 1875-1944

1910 (Estimated)
24.00" x 19.50", Framed 35.00" x 29.00"
Pencil, Charcoal and Orange Wash on Paper
Signed "O'Neill" Upper Left



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Illustration for the poem "Baby's First Christmas" by Margaret G. Hayes, published in Harper's Bazar, December 1910.

​​​​​​​The artwork is also reproduced within Walt Reed's The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000 (Society of Illustrators, 2001) on page 154.

Exhibited: Brandywine River Museum, "Flights into Fantasy", September - November 2007

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, "Flights into Fantasy", July - October 2008



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The familiar and pleasing legacy of Rose Cecil O’Neill (Wilson) is the Kewpie doll. The dolls were patterned after her drawings of Kewpies – fanciful, elf-like babies who solved all sorts of problems in a bumbling, good natured way. Her drawings and stories were immensely popular for over two decades, appearing first in The Ladies’ Home Journal, then as a special feature in Good Housekeeping magazine. The dolls were sold all over the world.

   A self-trained artist, Rose O’Neill became nationally known as an illustrator at nineteen. Her pictures appeared in Puck, Truth, the old Life, McClure’s, and Harper’s. She was also a novelist and poet, a member of the Societé des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Society of Illustrators in New York, which elected her into its Hall of Fame in 1999.