Elizabeth Shippen <I>Green</I> Elliott

Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 May 1954 (aged 82)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA
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Illustrator. Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her parents wanted her to have every social advantage, and sent her to private schools. She became interested in art at a very young age, and was encouraged by her father, who had been an artist-correspondent during the Civil War for "Harper's Weekly". When Green was 17 years old, she sold a series of drawings to the "Philadelphia Times." They were published one month before she entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There she studied with painters Thomas Anshutz and Robert Vonnoh, while continuing to sell her illustrations to the "Times", earning enough to pay her tuition. Upon graduation in 1893, she was employed by Strawbridge and Clothier department store, as a fashion illustrator. In 1894, she was selected by the artist Howard Pyle to be in his charter class at the Drexel Institute. In 1895, Green was hired by "Ladies Home Journal."
While at Drexel, Green met the illustrators Violet Oakley and Jessie Willcox Smith, and they became life-long friends. The three were jointly awarded a commission to do a mural, and in 1900, they began to live and work together at the Red Rose Inn, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, to escape the distractions and intrusions at their studio in Philadelphia. Pyle nicknamed them "The Red Rose Girls." Starting in 1901, Green signed and exclusive contract with "Harper's Magazine." She was the first woman staff member, and worked for them for twenty-three years. In 1906 "the girls" moved to a new house and studio, Cogslea, in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania. In 1911, Green married Huger Elliott, director of the Rhode Island School of Design, continuing her work into the 1920s. Elizabeth Shippen Green's illustrated for nineteen book, including "Lamb's Tales of Shakespeare," "The Five Little Pigs", "The Book of the Child", and "A Child's Garden of Verses." Huger Elliott died in 1948, and in 1951, she returned to live with her artist friends, and died in 1954.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott (1 Sep 1871–29 May 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29202740, citing University of the South Cemetery, Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .