She made pictures of haunting loveliness.
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19 year-old Virginia Frances Sterrett
was commissioned by the Penn Publishing Company to illustrate Old French Fairy Tales
by Comtesse de Segur (1920). Sterrett was already ill with tuberculosis, the disease that would end her life at age 30.
In her brief career she completed two more illustrated books, both for Penn: Tanglewood Tales
, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Arabian Nights
. She did much of her work while in a sanatorium and could only draw for brief periods. A fourth book, an edition of Myths and Legends
, was never finished; her TB came out of remission and she died in the summer of 1931. The incomplete drawings have never been published.
Though she was largely self-taught, Sterrett's arresting visual style
evokes other Art Nouveau illustrators, including Kay Nielsen
and Edmund Dulac