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Virginia Sterrett: Art for Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends


Virigina Sterrett (1900-1931) was an American artist of extraordinary talent associated with the Golden Age of Illustration. During her

short life, she left the World with many beautiful images that displayed her outstanding ability to interpret fairy tales, myths and legends

and imbibe her depictions with the spirit of her own age.


The Virginia Sterrett Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Sterrett's seminal work illustrating fairy tales,

myths and legends. As a valuable reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproductions

of illustrations by Sterrett on prints, posters and greeting cards.


Virginia Sterrett - vintage photograph


Above, we show a vintage

photograph of Virginia Sterrett


Sterrett received her first commission at the tender age of 19 (shortly after she was diagnosed with

Tuberculosis) from The Penn Publishing Company to illustrate "Old French Fairy Tales" - a collection of

works from the 19th Century French author, Comtesse de Ségur (Sophie Fedorovna Rostopchine).


A year after the publication of "Old French Fairy Tales", a new title including commissioned works from

Sterrett was presented by The Penn Publishing Company - "Tanglewood Tales" - a collection of fairy

tales from Ancient Greece as retold by Hawthorne.


From 1923, in failing health, Sterrett was able to work on projects for short periods of time only and as a

result, she was able to complete just one further commission prior to her death - her own interpretation of Scheherazadè's classic Persian fairy tales, "Arabian Nights".


The comments of the "St Louis Post-Dispatch" in the supplement published on 5 July, 1931 - following

Sterrett's death - pay fitting tribute to her life and work:


        Her achievement was beauty, a delicate, fantastic beauty, created with

        brush and pencil. Almost unschooled in art, her life spent in prosaic places

        of the West and Middle West, she made pictures of haunting loveliness,

        suggesting Oriental lands she never saw and magical realms no one ever

        knew except in the dreams of childhood ...


        Perhaps it was the hardships of her own life that gave the young artist's

        work its fanciful quality. In the imaginative scenes she set down on paper

        she must have escaped from the harsh actualities of existence.



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We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Virginia Sterrett that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of her suites,

simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images. By following the hyperlinks, you will also find further  information about Virginia Sterrett,

her illustrations depicting fairy tales, myths and legends and options for purchasing Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards.





Suites of  illustrations from Virginia Sterrett depicting fairy tales, myths and legends


Virginia Sterrett 

''Old French Fairy Tales''

34 images

Virginia Sterrett

''Tanglewood Tales''

36 images

Virginia Sterrett

''Arabian Nights''

19 images

A Virginia Sterrett illustration from ''Old French Fairy Tales'' (1920)A Virginia Sterrett illustration from ''Tanglewood Tales'' (1921)A Virginia Sterrett illustration from ''Arabian Nights'' (1928)   


Purchasing our Posters and Cards showcasing the art of Virginia Sterrett for fairy tales, myths and legends


When presented on Cards - including Greeting and Note Card - these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical

of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock

(in the case of colour illustrations) or White card stock (in the case of monotone images) with an accompanying envelope.


Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks.


Should you wish to order posters or cards, we have provided options throughout the site. To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you

will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any

destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.


Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email by ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.


In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Virginia Sterrett.





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