Jessie WILLCOX SMITH

Jessie WILLCOX SMITH (1863 –1935) was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863 to an affluent family, attended private schools in that city, as well as Cincinnati, Ohio. Smith took art classes, first at the School of Design for Women, then at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Later, Smith went on to study at Drexel University.

Smith illustrated stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier's, Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, McClure's, Scribners, and the Ladies' Home Journal. She had an ongoing relationship with Good Housekeeping, which included the long-running Mother Goose series of illustrations and also the creation of all of the Good Housekeeping covers from December 1917 to 1933. Among the more than 60 books that Smith illustrated was Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline, and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Smith's artwork appeared in such periodicals as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Century, and Leslie's Weekly. She also did illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood and the cover for Heidi.

Smith passed away in 1935 at the age of 71. Fifty-six years later, she was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, just the second woman to be so honored at the time.



Jessie WILLCOX SMITH (1863 –1935) was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863 to an affluent family, attended private schools in that city, as well as Cincinnati, Ohio. Smith took art classes, first at the School of Design for Women, then at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Later, Smith went on to study at Drexel University.

Smith illustrated stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier's, Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, McClure's, Scribners, and the Ladies' Home Journal. She had an ongoing relationship with Good Housekeeping, which included the long-running Mother Goose series of illustrations and also the creation of all of the Good Housekeeping covers from December 1917 to 1933. Among the more than 60 books that Smith illustrated was Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline, and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. Smith's artwork appeared in such periodicals as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Century, and Leslie's Weekly. She also did illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood and the cover for Heidi.

Smith passed away in 1935 at the age of 71. Fifty-six years later, she was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, just the second woman to be so honored at the time.