Acknowledged as the first professional African American and Native American sculptor, Edmondia Lewis was a talented classical American artist and manipulator of marble. The fact that her life is bookended by hazy details at its beginning and end, only makes this gifted artisan an even more intriguing individual, to say the least.
Thanks partially to the leaps and bounds in the printing industry and its technology and the sudden abundance of new periodicals, journals, books, newspapers and other printed materials in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there existed a great need for illustrators to help fill the printed page to the brim with imagery. Many gifted women were able to rise to the occasion during the Golden Age of American illustration, and took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their capable skills.
One such artist was Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), whose delicate, wistful and beautiful illustrations graced the pages of Harper’s Monthly Magazine, where she became the first women staff artist back in 1901.