Way back in January when I began looking at out of copyright images I was determined to own just one old book with lovely pictures. Seems mad now as I already have hundreds of them but the first one I bought from my local-ish antiquarian bookshop was a book entitled the Everyday Fairy book by Anna Alice Chapin which has illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith.
Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) was an American artist who was a prolific illustrator of adverts and children's book. Her work included many magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal and absolutely loads of classic children's books such as The Water Babies, Secret Garden (one of my favourites), Heidi, Dickens' books, Little Women (another favourite) and loads more. She also illustrated countless American ads.
This picture is from Little Women:-
I love her colours and style. Fortunately (for me anyway) her work isn't as prized as I think it should be which means that books illustrated by her aren't a fortune.
This picture is from a book called The Closed Room:-
And this lovely little girl is from a book called The Chronicles of Rhoda
Look out for more Jessie Willcox Smith images in future Printable Heaven sets.