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THE RED ROSE GIRLS

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An Uncommon Story of Art and Love By Alice A Carter. This is the true story of three women artists -- Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley -- who captivated early-twentieth-century Philadelphia with their brilliant careers and uncommon lifestyle. Nicknamed by their mentor, the famous illustrator Howard Pyle, "The Red Rose Girls" took over the Red Rose Inn, a picturesque estate on the city's venerable Main Line, and set up an unconventional household. Joined by their friend Henrietta Cozens, the women forged an intense emotional bond and made a pact to live together forever. Using their initials they adopted an acronymic surname, calling themselves the "Cogs family" -- C for Cozens, O for Oakley, G for Green, S for Smith. Very Fine. Light shelf wear. Jacket is in a clear brodart protective sleeve.

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This is the true story of three women artists -- Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley -- who captivated early-twentieth-century Philadelphia with their brilliant careers and uncommon lifestyle. Nicknamed by their mentor, the famous illustrator Howard Pyle, "The Red Rose Girls" took over the Red Rose Inn, a picturesque estate on the city's venerable Main Line, and set up an unconventional household. Joined by their friend Henrietta Cozens, the women forged an intense emotional bond and made a pact to live together forever. Using their initials they adopted an acronymic surname, calling themselves the "Cogs family" -- C for Cozens, O for Oakley, G for Green, S for Smith.

At a time when women were prohibited from taking life-drawing classes at most art schools and generally received inferior art education, Smith, Green, and Oakley attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and met as Pyle's students at Drexel Institute where they were encouraged in their pursuits and celebrated for their talents. The women enjoyed public recognition and success, and enriched their professional lives with a fluid exchange of ideas. It was an idyllic, romantic life - until one woman left the fold to marry, a breach from which the tightly intertwined group never fully recovered.

Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare book. It is not as-new, in "mint" condition. Very Fine. Light shelf wear. Jacket is in a clear brodart protective sleeve.

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Item Code RB733
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Publish Date 2000
ISBN 9780810944374
Print Status Out of Print
Condition Very Fine. Light shelf wear. Jacket is in a clear brodart protective sleeve.
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 216pg
Color Partial Color
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