Jessie Wilcox Smith
1863 - 1935
by Mary Myers

Jessie Wilcox Smith, daughter of Charles Henry and Katherine De Witt Smith, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1863. Originally training to be a kindergarten teacher, she transferred to art school when she was seventeen. She studied at the School of Design for Women, the Pennsylvania Academy and with Howard Pyle of Drexel Institute. She specialized in illustrating mothers and children.

Some of the books she illustrated were Little Women by Alcott, A Child's Garden of Verses by Stevenson, The Last of the Mohicans by J. F. Cooper, and Heidi by Spyri. She also did illustrations for St. Nicholas, Colliers and Good Housekeeping magazines.

She died at her home, Cogs Hill in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia in 1935, at the age of seventy-two.

Here are six postcards from Series 100, published by Reinthal & Newman, NY, Chas. H. Hauff, London, Eng., illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith.

The Green Door .........The Garden Wall .....In the Garden
Among the Poppies .....The Lily Pool...........Five O'Clock Tea

The Green Door Menu