Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), American artist and illustrator, was called a “painter of children” by periodicals of the early 1900s. She became one of the highest-paid women illustrators of all time. It was said of the ideal children that populated her illustrations, “they are clean, they are pretty, they don't look noisy, they are unusually rosy and wholesome, yet not too chubby to be graceful; they are a bit old-fashioned, both in their manners and their comfortable clothing, and it is easy to see that they are only sufficiently naughty to be entertaining.”