Lot 38
  • 38

Smith, Jessie Willcox.

200,000 - 300,000 USD
386,500 USD
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  • "How Doth the Little Busy Bee"
    Oil, watercolour and charcoal on board, 21 3/4 x 14 7/8"
    [for A Child's Book of Old Verses, 1910, p.24]
  • [for A Child's book of Old Verses, 1910, p. 24]
  • Oil, watercolour and charcoal on board
"How Doth the Little Busy Bee"

21 1/4 by 14 3/4 in., fine charcoal, watercolor and oil drawing, signed "Jessie Willcox Smith" lower left, matted, glazed and framed (32 by 25 3/8 in.)


Exhibited: The Society of Illustrators, "The Red Rose Girls", July - August 2001; Norman Rockwell Museum, "The Red Rose Girls", November 2003 - May 2004; Brandywine River Museum, "Flights into Fantasy", September - November 2007; Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, "Flights into Fantasy", July - October 2008

Catalogue Note

A major piece by the classic American illustrator.

Reproduced within A Child's Book of Old Verses (selected and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith), first published by Duffield and Company in 1910. The illustration, which appears on page 24 accompanies the well-known verse by Isaac Watts (later parodied by Lewis Carroll).