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Ethel Franklin Betts
Lonely Mother and Child in Embrace - Female Illustrator

1906

About the Item

In this interior illustration for "When the Heart Beats Young" by J.W. Riley, pioneering female illustrator Ethel Franklin Betts creates an intimate statement of mother and child in an embrace. The composition is abstract with patterns that suggest the influence of Asian art—initialed lower right. Work is framed under glass - Oil on board Ethel Franklin Betts Bains (September 6, 1877 – October 9, 1959) was an American illustrator primarily of children's books during the golden age of American illustration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Betts first gained work illustrating magazines, including St. Nicholas Magazine, McClure's, and Collier's. Beginning in 1904, she was commissioned to illustrate several books, including James Whitcomb Riley's The Raggedy Man, While the Heart Beats Young, and Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess. Betts commercial work declined after her marriage to Edward Bains in 1909, occasionally creating cover art for magazines such as House & Garden, but she continued to exhibit her portfolio. She received a bronze medal for illustrating The Six Swans at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition. Along with Jessie Willcox Smith and Sarah Stilwell Weber, Betts was one of the "familiar" magazine and book illustrators in the early 20th century. Betts died at her home in Philadelphia on October 9, 1959. She was buried at Solebury Friends Cemetery in Solebury, Pennsylvania Selected works Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts in The Orphan Annie book, "While the Heart Beats Young" by James Whitcomb Riley 1901 -- Captain Ravenshaw, or, The Maid of Cheapside : a Romance of Elizabethan London, Robert Neilson Stephens; L.C. Page & Company 1903 -- Kings & Queens : Being the Poetical Works of Beulah, Belinda, John and David, Florence Wilkinson Evans; McClure, Phillips & Company 1904 -- Babes in Toyland, Glen MacDonough and Anna Alice Chapin; Fox, Duffield and Company 1904 -- The Little Grey House, Marion Ames Taggart; McClure, Phillips & Company 1905 -- A Little Princess : Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe, Now Told for the First Time, Frances Hodgson Burnett; Charles Scribner's Sons. 1905 -- The Heart of Lady Anne, Agnes Castle and Egerton Castle; F.A. Stokes Co. 1905 -- The True Story of Humpty Dumpty, How He was Rescued by Three Mortal Children in Make Believe Land, Anna Alice Chapin; Dodd, Mead & Co. 1906 -- Mother Goose: Favorite Nursery Rhymes, Ethel Franklin Betts; F.A. Stokes Co. 1906 -- The Runaway Boy, James Whitcomb Riley; Bobbs-Merrill Company 1906 -- While the Heart Beats Young, James Whitcomb Riley; Bobbs-Merrill Company. 1907 -- The Raggedy Man, James Whitcomb Riley; Bobbs Merrill Company. 1908 -- The Orphan Annie book, James Whitcomb Riley; Bobbs-Merrill Company 1909 -- Fairy tales from Grimm, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm; E. Stern & Co. 1909 -- The Complete Mother Goose with Illustrations in Colors and in Black and White Ethel Franklin Betts
  • Creator:
    Ethel Franklin Betts (1877 - 1959, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1906
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 8 in (20.32 cm)Width: 8 in (20.32 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
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  • Period:
  • Condition:
    some light varnish discoloration, surface marks that may be from the hand of the artist. Overall good condition for a work 117 years old.
  • Gallery Location:
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU385312180622
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