Sarah Stilwell (Sarah S. Stilwell Weber)

The Illustrators:

Sarah S. Stilwell

Sarah Stilwell (1878-1939), known also as Sarah S. Stilwell Weber or simply “SSS,” created an illustrated world of delightful small children.

A student of the master of Golden Age Illustration Howard Pyle (1853-1911), she became a friend of Pyle's sister Katharine Pyle (1863-1938), also a children's book illustrator, writer and poet.

Stilwell illustrated some of Katharine Pyle's stories and poems for Harper's Bazaar in the early 1900s. She produced story illustrations for Scribners and by 1909, cover art for Saturday Evening Post. Prolific in her early years, Stilwell's output diminished in the late 1920s.

Her work was influenced by Howard Pyle and fellow students at the Drexel Institute of Artincluding N.C. Wyeth and other women illustrators such as Elizabeth Shippen Green.


Sarah S. Stilwell, mother and daughter vintage illustration, 1904




Story illustration: By the Evening Fire, painting of mother holding young daughter, Golden Age of Illustration, 1904.

Sarah S. Stilwell, vintage art of children at party, 1904




Story illustration: "First Loves," Children at party, Golden Age Illustration, 1904.

Sarah S. Stilwell, vintage illustration, children at the beach, story illustration, 1905




Story illustration: Girls at the beach, Golden Age Illustration, 1905.

Sarah S. Stilwell, girl eating grapes, vintage story illustration, 1905




Story illustration: painting of girl eating grapes, Golden Age Illustration, 1905.

Sarah S. Stilwell, vintage story illustration, girl writing at desk, 1902




Story illustration: Painting of schoolgirl writing at desk, Golden Age Illustration, 1902.

Photograph of Sarah S. Stilwell, c.1902




Photograph of Sarah S. Stilwell, Golden Age illustrator, c.1902.

Sarah S. Stilwell, childrens' book illustration, children at play, 1900




Book title page: "Happy Days," pen and ink drawing by Sarah S. Stilwell, Golden Age Illustration, 1900.

Sarah S. Stilwell, vintage illustration for towel company, c.1922




Magazine advertisement for towel
company, Golden Age illustration, c.1922.


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examples of the artwork of Sarah Stilwell.

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