The originals of these illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith are part of collection of American Library of Congress (one is still in hands of private collector), but we can enjoy them right here and right now.
Jessie Wilcox Smith started her career at Ladies’ Home Journal and became illustrator much later. She collaborated with many famous writers. Beside Charles Kingsley we should mention at least Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens and George MacDonald.
Water Babies was published in 1916 and can be downloaded at Project Gutenberg. Illustrations are colored and black and white. The later can also be useful as nice coloring pages.
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