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Virginia Frances Sterrett

Virginia Frances Sterrett Art: Viriginia Frances Sterrett illustrated three books: The Arabian Nights, Tanglewood Tales, and Old French Fairy Tales. Her work is enjoying a renaissance of interest, and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Illustrations from all three books are presented here. Virginia died in 1931, at the age of 30, of tuberculosis. She left incomplete a set of illustrations to Myths and Legends.

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First Book: Old French Fairy Tales

Viriginia Frances Sterrett's first commission came in 1919. She was commissioned by Penn Publishing Company to illustrate the Comptesse de Ségur's Old French Fairy Tales. She was 19 and received $500 for the eight watercolors and 16 pen and ink drawings, with a supplemental $250 for a colored drawing for the cover and ink drawings for the end papers and boards.

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She met a fairy

Old French Fairy Tales

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The Dream

The Dream

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Blondine and Bonne-Biche

Blondine Threw Her Arms Around Him

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Genie of the Mountain

Genie of the Mountain

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Blondine and the Tortoise

Blondine and the Tortoise

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Rosette

They walked side by side

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Princess Rosalie

Princess Rosalie

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Good Little Henry

What are you seeking?

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The Forest

The Forest

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Second Book: Tanglewood Tales

In 1921, the Penn Publishing Company again commissioned her to illustrate an edition of Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Tanglewood Tales, with its stories from Greek mythology was a favorite children's book of the time, one also illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Anne Anderson and other Golden Age illustrators. Four images, from a early edition of Tanglewood Tales, are missing and we're working on that; otherwise we believe all the color illustrations are here.

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Ariadne

Ariadne

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Cadmus sees Harmonia

Cadmus saw Harmonia

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Proserpina

Proserpina Refuses the Pomegranate

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Ulysses in Circe's Palace

Ulysses in Circe's Palace

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Cadmus Slays the Dragon

Cadmus Slays the Dragon

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Medea

Medea Flew High Over the City

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Jason did not recognize the golden fleece

Jason and the Golden Fleece

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Last Book: Arabian Nights

In 1923, Virginia began work on what was to be her last completed commission and the work that is considered her masterpiece, a set of illustrations to Arabian Nights. The set consists of 16 color illustrations, 20 black and white in drawings, a colored picture for the front cover and a drawing for the inside boards. Due to ill health, the illustrations took her three years to complete. It was published in 1928.

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Scheherazade

Scheherazade

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Scheherazade

The Sultana had a
Conversation with a Man

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The son regained his form

The son regained his form

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History of the First Calendar

The History of the Second Calendar

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They Danced Before Me

They Danced Before Me

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The Great Serpent

The Great Serpent

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Aladdin and the Genie of the Ring

Aladdin and the Genie of the Ring

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Aladdin and the Sultan ate together

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

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Aladdin made is way to the Sultan's Palace

Aladdin Made his Way to the Sultan's Palace

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Aladdin saluted the princess with joy

Aladdin Greeted the Princess with Joy

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The Story of Baba Abdallah

The Story of Baba Abdallah

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Ali Baba and the forty thieves

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Ali Baba: Morgiana Danced with Much Grace

Ali Baba: Morgiana Danced with Much Grace

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Sinbad the Sailor

The Tale of Sinbad the Sailor

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The Third Voyage of Sinbad

The Third Voyage of Sinbad

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The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor

The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad

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The Thousand and One Nights

The Arabian Nights

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