Jessie Willcox Smith, Good Housekeeping magazine cover, September 1921

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

  • kayceetee 4y

    How wonderful
  • Plum leaves 4y

    kayceetee Thank you, seems almost magical.
  • Aspidistra Aspinall 3y

    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.
  • Plum leaves 3y

    Aspidistra Aspinall 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 :)
  • Kathie McMillan 3y

    This is beautiful......sigh....
  • Plum leaves 3y

    Kathie McMillan they soar!
  • Aspidistra Aspinall 3y

    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.
  • Plum leaves 2y

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