Born May 2~ Peggy Bacon

Margaret Frances “Peggy” Bacon (May 2, 1895-January 4, 1987) was an American printmaker, painter, illustrator, and caricaturist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Bacon

Lady Artist by Peggy Bacon
1925 / Drypoint on white wove paper / Plate: 6″x4″ / Various collections including Brooklyn Museum, NYC

Peggy Bacon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/peggy-bacon/

Further reading:
https://whitney.org/artists/44
https://www.printmag.com/post/peggy-bacon
http://oldprintshop.com/blog/artist-spotlight-peggy-bacon

GoodReads: Books by Peggy Bacon~
https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/239879.Peggy_Bacon?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sort=title

Born April 18~ Clara Elsene Peck

Clara Elsene Peck (April 18, 1883-February 1968) was an early 20th century American illustrator and painter.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Elsene_Peck

Shake-speares Sweetheart by Sara Hawks Sterling / Illustrated by Clara Elsene Peck
1905 / Hard Cover / 282pp / Published by George W. Jacobs & Co., Philadelphia

Clara Elsene Peck on Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Clara_Elsene_Peck

Further reading:
https://mcad.edu/alumni-profile/clara-peck
https://www.antiqueillustrationart.com/clara-elsene-peck
https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/19/clara-elsene-peck

Born April 3~ Zella de Milhau

Zella de Milhau (1870–1954) was an American printmaker, illustrator, ambulance driver, community organizer, and motorcycle policewoman. She studied at the Art Students League of New York and at William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Summer School of Art in Southampton, NY.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zella_de_Milhau

Boats Along Shore by Zella De Milhau
N.D. / Etching / Image: 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ / Private collection

Zella de Milhau on guildhall.org: https://pc.guildhall.org/artpress_artist/zella-de-milhau/

Further reading:
https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/from-the-archives-zella-de-milhau-was-conventionalitys-enemy
https://www.brownstonedetectives.com/miss-zella-milhaus-greenest-block-in-brooklyn-1902/
https://www.eastendbeacon.com/last-laff-for-art-villages-laffalot/

Shinnecock Summer School of Art: The Art Village: https://aaqeastend.com/contents/the-art-village/

Born March 22~ Cecile Walton

Cecile Walton (March 29, 1891-April 23, 1956) was a Scottish painter, illustrator, and sculptor.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecile_Walton

Spirit of the Sea by Cecile Walton
N.D. / Pencil and watercolor with touches of gouache, on paper / 9 1/2″x6″ / Private collection

Cecile Walton on Art UK: https://artuk.org/discover/artists/walton-cecile-18911956

Further reading:
https://www.thefineartsociety.com/artists/139-cecile-walton/
https://www.nocloo.com/cecile-walton-hans-andersens-fairy-tales-1911/
http://museu.ms/article/details/109720/cecile-waltons-idyllic-double-portrait-hints-at-the-tangled-lives-of-scottish-artists-at-the-snpg

Born March 7~ Bernarda Bryson Shahn

Bernarda Bryson Shahn (March 7, 1903-December 13, 2004) was an American painter, lithographer, and writer and illustrator of children’s books.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernarda_Bryson_Shahn

Crash by Bernarda Bryson Shahn
1929 / Lithograph / Image: 10 1/10″x8 1/5″ / National Gallery of Art, DC

Bernarda Bryson Shahn on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/bernarda-bryson-shahn/

Oral history interview with Bernarda Bryson Shahn, 1983:
https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-bernarda-bryson-shahn-11655#transcript

Further reading:
https://archive.org/details/ohioalumnusjune1359ohio/page/12/mode/2up?view=theater
https://www.wescover.com/p/murals-by-bernarda-bryson-shahn-at-bronx-general-post-office-grand-concourse–PrkXxmfBemeM
https://www.ifpda.org/artist/401

Born March 1~ Fay King

Fay Barbara King (March 1889-presumed dead after 1954) was an American illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_King_(cartoonist)

Further reading:
https://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/15/denver-post-cartoonist-fay-king/
http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2013/01/ink-slinger-profiles-fay-king.html
https://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/fayking.htm

Fay King Cartoon about death of Anne Sullivan: https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:b85164240

Scrapbook compiled by cartoonist and journalist, Fay King, 1916-1919:
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:513610#?c=&m=&s=&cv=&xywh=-1656%2C0%2C5936%2C2999

Born February 4~ Mary Frank

Mary Frank (born February 4, 1933) is an English sculptor, painter, printmaker, draftswoman, and illustrator.
Biography at the Paris Review: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2011/05/26/mary-frank/

Cusp #1 by Mary Frank
2015-17 / Archival pigment print on bamboo paper / 21 1/2″x16 1/2″ / maryfrankartist.com

Mary Frank on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/mary-frank/

Further reading:
https://www.dcmooregallery.com/artists/mary-frank
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/frank-mary
https://www.reynoldahouse.org/collections/object/seated-female?display=lightbox

Born January 30~ Maud Hunt Squire

Maud Hunt Squire (January 30, 1873 – October 25, 1954) was an American painter and printmaker.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Hunt_Squire

Untitled by Maud Hunt Squire
1929 / Watercolor and graphite on paper / 19″x24 1/4″ / Private collection

Maud Hunt Squire on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/maud-hunt-squire/

Further reading:
https://maryryangallery.com/artists/maud-hunt-squire/
http://www.papillongallery.com/maude_hunt_squire.html
https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/blog/library-blog-the-illustrated-works-of-ethel-mars-and-maud-hunt-squire/

Born January 19~ Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra

Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra (January 19, 1886-1981) was an Austrian sculptor, graphic artist, and illustrator.
Biography on Swedish Wikipedia: https://tinyurl.com/y6cwla9a

Little Peasant Girl by Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra
c.1930 / Soft-ground etching on paper / 14″x11 4/5″ / The British Museum, London, UK

Pepi Weixlgärtner-Neutra at The British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/term/BIOG50698

Further reading:
https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt6m3nf6v3/
“The Memory Factory: The Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900” on Google Books

January First: Happy New Year!

Jessie Willcox Smith

During the latter part of the 19th century, when printing technology allowed magazines to begin producing full color covers, there began an era known as The Golden Age of Illustration. Probably one of the more famous artists who came from that era was Joseph Christian Leyendecker.

https://schristywolfe.com/2018/01/01/january-first-happy-new-year-3/

Among his 400+ magazine covers are the Baby New Years he painted for The Saturday Evening Post from 1906 to 1943. However, there were lots of other magazines who would devote their New Year covers to Baby New Year — or, at any rate, a baby of some sort.
Not all of the covers shared here are from the Golden Age of Illustration, which is generally described as lasting from the 1880s to the 1920s. But there’s plenty of fine illustrators to be found: Walter Beach Humphrey, Rea Irvin, Jessie Willcox Smith, Vernon Thomas, Charles Twelvetrees, and more.

  1. The Country Gentleman, January 1, 1921 by Walter Beach Humphrey
  2. Good Housekeeping, January 1925, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  3. Child Life, January 1928, by Hazel Frazee
  4. Good Housekeeping, January 1929, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  5. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1930 (could not find this artist)
  6. Good Housekeeping, January 1932, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  7. Collier’s, January 2, 1932 by Charles Twelvetrees
  8. The New Yorker, January 2, 1932, by Rea Irvin
  9. Good Housekeeping, January 1933, by Jessie Willcox Smith
  10. Collier’s, January 6, 1934 by Charles Twelvetrees
  11. Good Housekeeping, January 1935, by Vernon Thomas
  12. Good Housekeeping, January 1936, by Vernon Thomas
  13. Good Housekeeping, January 1937, by Horace C. Gaffron
  14. The Farmer’s Wife, January 1938, by R. James Stuart
  15. The New Yorker, December 1938, by Rea Irvin

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