Jessie Willcox Smith, Good Housekeeping magazine cover, September 1921

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    Jessie Willcox Smith [United States illustrator, 1863 – 1935]

    Cover at Cornell University Library:

    "The Butterflies" by 'Mother Goose'

    Butterfly, butterfly, whence do you come?
    I know not, I ask not, I never had home.
    Butterfly, butterfly, where do you go?
    Where the sun shines, and where the buds grow.

    Restoration by plumleaves

    faunlouise, 柔安。, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. kayceetee 43 months ago | reply

      How wonderful

    2. Plum leaves 43 months ago | reply

      Thank you, seems almost magical.

    3. Aspidistra Aspinall 31 months ago | reply

      This is such a beautiful and uplifting picture! Butterflies always make me think of new life, and the coming Resurrection of the Dead!

      The Caterpillar

      Brown and furry
      Caterpillar in a hurry;

      Take your walk
      To the shady leaf, or stalk.

      May no toad spy you,
      May the little birds pass by you;

      Spin and die,
      To live again a butterfly.

      -Christina G. Rossetti.

    4. Plum leaves 31 months ago | reply

      Wonderful thoughts and beautiful poem! So she is Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sister, what a talented family! Here is a portrait he did of her:


      LYS :)

    5. katinthecupboard 31 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful......sigh....

    6. Plum leaves 31 months ago | reply they soar!

    7. Aspidistra Aspinall 31 months ago | reply

      How interesting to see her portrait by her famous brother! I believe she was the model in a few different Pre-Raphaelite paintings. She was a beauty with a fine mind and an enormous passion for Jesus Christ.

    8. Plum leaves 19 months ago | reply

      I got a better copy! Fresher, fuller colors and details.

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