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Thursday, September 02, 2010

I've always admired and adored Jessie Wilcox Smith's art. 

When I was little, her Red Riding Hood struck more fear into me than any of the gruesome Victorian works illustrating faerie tales by the Brothers Grimm. 

Her illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" remain my absolute favorites. The connection I felt, even as a little girl, was complete and instant: I *was* that little girl in the reading nook, lost in her book.

What follows here are Smith's illustrations from a coverless 1907 copy of Stevenson's book and most have been in one of my shops at one time or another and a number of them can still be found there.

I have had other editions of this book, but I much prefer the 1907 edition for their size and their captioning. And Smith, as I said, is very much of favorite of mine.

If you're looking for a particular illustration from her, let me know ~ I'll find it for you!

xo Karen
Dressing By Candlelight
Looking Glass River
The Water Now Is Turned To Stone
The Hayloft
All The Names I Know From Nurse
And Looked Abroad On Foreign Lands
Don't You Wish That You Were Me
He Stays So Close Beside Me
Pillow Hill
The Long Black Passage Up To Bed
Land of Play
What Did Other Children Do?


Christina said...

Loved this post! I'm working on a project right now on an artist who worked at the turn of the century and his interests in illustration has me really thinking about hte medium lately. I remember Little Red Riding hood when I was a kid and you are right! Scared the childhood crap out of me!

September 3, 2010 at 4:39 AM
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