Jessie Willcox Smith was born in Philadelphia in 1863. She originally studied to be a kindergarten teacher and worked in this field before accidentally discovering a talent for drawing. She then took formal art courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Jessie Willcox Smith had a long, distinguished career. She illustrated Scribners Classic edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses and she also illustrated editions of Little Women, Mother Goose, Noah’s Ark, Heidi and The Night before Christmas. Though she never married, or had children of her own, they became the center of her life and work.
Her work graced the covers of several popular magazines, and she also illustrated countless books for children and produced drawings for calendars. (One of her calendars is available on Amazon for over $3000.00!) Her prolific work was a part of many of our childhoods, so many of the following works of art might look familiar to you.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Just gazing at some of these art works sparks fond memories of my own childhood reading.
You can purchase art prints and/or posters of this artist’s work at Art.com
If you want to read more about this legendary illustrator you can order this book from Amazon.