before, particularly Kay Nielsen, so it should come as no surprise that as soon as I read the phrase "female Kay Nielsen," I started googling like crazy. Virginia Sterrett was born in 1900, and diagnosed with tuberculosis at the age of 19. She lived to be 31, and her body of work dates entirely from those 12 years. It breaks my heart that we have so little of her gorgeous work by which to remember her.
here), Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1921 (illustrations here), and Arabian Nights, 1928 (illustrations here).
on her website, or the short stub on Wikipedia. I discovered her via A Journey Round My Skull.
If you're interested in learning more about female illustrators, I highly recommend this new blog. His focus is the mid-century, which is a bit later than my interest in illustration goes, but it's an extremely well-written blog.