"The Sewing Room"   Lot no. 894

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By Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954)

25.25" x 15.25", Framed 33.35" x 23.25"
Watercolor, Crayon & Mixed Media on Card
Inscribed, Signed Lower Left

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Title page of a spread in Harper's Monthly Magazine, v.111 December 1905. Story Illustration "The Mistress of the House" 

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Elizabeth Shippen Green, later Mrs. Huger Elliot, was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Robert Vonnoh and Thomas Eakins. She also studied with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute where she met Jessie Willcox Smith and Violet Oakley. The three became close friends and shared studios for many years.

    Although Elizabeth did some early illustrations for The Ladies’ Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as a number of books, for many years she was under exclusive contract with Harper’s Monthly. Her sensitive work is also decorative, with rounded edges and hand-hewn lines, similar in concept to that of stained glass windows. In a time when magazines used color very sparingly, a large percentage of her illustration work was reproduced in full color, which she handled brilliantly. Because she worked in a bold outline, her pictures reproduced equally well in color or in black and white.