Elizabeth Shippen Green was born today in 1871. She became known as one of the "Red Rose Girls," along with Jessie Willcox Smith and Violet Oakley. Green, Oakley, and Willcox Smith studied together under Howard Pyle in 1897 and afterwards formed a household sharing their professional and personal lives for fourteen years. Alice Carter published a book on the Red Rose Girls in 2000.
Elizabeth illustrated for magazines like Harper’s Monthly, where–notably–she had a contract; she was known, along with her colleagues, for representations of children and domestic scenes in a Victorian-influenced romantic style. Martha Kennedy at the Library of Congress has curated an exhibition on Shippen Green's work, called A Petal from the Rose: Illustrations by Elizabeth Shippen Green.
Collected here are monochrome and full color images from two books illustrated by ESGE, as she began to sign her name in 1911 after marrying Huger Elliott: from that same year, The Mansion, by Henry Van Dyke; and most notably the 1922 edition of Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (1807). These two books came to the Modern Graphic History Library as part of the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.