Jessie (Shepherd) Curtis (1842-1907)

Jessie (Shepherd) Curtis (1842-1907)

Jessie (Shepherd) Curtis (1842-1907)
American Golden Age Illustrator
Jessie Curtis Shepherd ; J. Curtis ; Jessie Curtis ; J. S. Curtis
[Born September 6, 1842 in New York, NY –  March 6, 1907 in Bronx, NY]


FAD record control number: 29852

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Jessie (Shepherd) Curtis (1842-1907) biography:

Birth: September 6, 1842 in New York, NY
Death: March 6, 1907 in Bronx, NY
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: White
Zodiac: Virgo

Known for: drawings of children ; narrative drawing ;
Medium: pen & ink ; watercolor ;
Technique: drawing
Subjects: children

Areas: New York, NY ; Bronx, NY
Region: North East
Lived: Bronx, NY
Father: Dr. Joseph T. Curtis (1815-1857)
Mother: Adeline Margaret (Moffat) Curtis (1815-1880)
Spouse: Charles Horatio Bodder Shepherd (1846–1930), husband (seven years younger) ; married October 26, 1880

Training: New York School of Design (Cooper Union), New York, NY ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY ;
Instructors: William Rimmer (1816-1879) ; William James Linton (1812-1897) ; Lemuel Everett Wilmarth (1835-1918) ;
Work: Magazine’s illustrated for Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Magazine, Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Young People, Our Little Ones, St. Nicholas Magazine, Wide Awake and the Youth’s Companion ; Books illustrated : Christmastide, 1877 ; Child lore : its classics traditions and jingles, 1879 ; The poet and the children : carefully selected poems from the works of the best and most popular writers for children, 1882 ; Songs of Christmas, 1887 ; Fairy Lilian and other poems, 1888 ; Village blacksmith, 1889 ; Christmas rhymes and New Year’s chimes, 1889 ; Gates ajar, 1870 ; illustrations for the American Tract Society


Member: Ladies Art Association of New York City, NY ;
Exhibited with: “Centennial exhibition”, Philadelphia, PA, women’s pavilion ;
Awards: bronze medal, drawing, New York School of Design (Cooper Union), 1871

Milestones: Journalist called her “the very best woman pen and ink artist in the world.”, 1893 ; Featured in Our American artists, 1879 ; died of cancer ;



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Last updated: April 18, 2020 at 18:47 pm

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