Jessie Marion King – Seven Happy Days 1913


Jessie Marion King (March 20, 1875 – August 3, 1949) was a Scottish illustrator mostly of children’s books. She also designed jewelry and fabric, and painted pottery.

King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899. Her first published designs, and some people believe her finest, were for the covers of books published by Globus Verlag, Berlin between 1899 and 1902. The publisher was a subsidiary company of the great Berlin department store, Wertheim’s. She was influenced by the Art Nouveau of the period and her works correspond in mood with those of The Glasgow Four.

I’m excited to introduce the latest scans of Jessie M. King’s greatest work: Seven Happy Days. Published in 1913 as a Christmas Supplement in the Studio Magazine. They are absolutely gorgeous, each of the color illustration is heightened in silver or gold. Jessie M. King has done many great works before, notably The Defense of Guenevere and The High History of the Holy Graal. But they are pale in comparison with the Seven Happy Days illustrations , done for the Studio Magazine. First, the quality of the of the illustrations, perfect composition of each and all the beautiful details and copious decorations that she painstakingly put in her works. Second, the quality of the lithographic prints is the best among all her works, can’t be better. Perfect reproduction, the silver and gold touches are seemingly done by hand, as no copies I have are alike, each illustration is unique and have a life of its own. Enjoy !

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