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The Red Rose Girls of the Brandywine School of Illustration

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Pictured left are Violet Oakley, Jesse Willcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green (with Henrietta Cozens). These three illustrators were known as the "Red Rose Girls".  They met while studying with Howard Pyle.  They became popular and successful illustrators in a man's world.  They first rented The Red Rose Cottage where they had studio and living space.  Their friend, Henrietta Cozens, tended to the gardens and housework while the artists churned out covers for the major periodicals, illustrated books and painted murals.  They liked to refer to themselves as the "COGS family"; the first letter of their last names. Eventually, they purchased their own compound "Cogslea", again with studio and living space.  

Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, with Henrietta Cozens "watering the roses".  These gals would have been great on Facebook! They're celebrating Oakley's commissioned poster in background, c 1901.

Following will be individual posts on each of the artists.




A rendition of the Red Rose Girls garden parties entitled Life was Made for Love and Cheer, by Elizabeth Shippen Green.  Harpers Magazine, 1904

Categories: Illustrators of the Brandywine School

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