Green, Elizabeth Shippen (Elliot) ( 1871-1954)

Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott  is known through her work for Harper's Magazine. In 1901  she began an exclusive contract which lasted for the next twenty-three  years, to October 1924.

She was born Elizabeth Shippen  Green, to Jasper Green and Elizabeth Shippen Boude Green on September  1, 1871. She began serious art study at the Pennsylvania Academy  of Fine Arts night classes. She spent one year in antique class,  drawing from plaster casts, and two years in life class, studying  live models; her teachers included Thomas Anshutz, Thomas Eakins,  and Robert Vonnoh. Upon graduation from the Academy,  Elizabeth began illustrating articles for several of the Philadelphia  newspapers. She worked for the Philadelphia Times and  The Public Ledger. Within a year after commencing this  work she was doing advertising illustration for Strawbridge and  Clothier. From 1895 to 1901 she illustrated articles, stories,  and children's pages in many of the leading magazines of the day.

Elizabeth Shippen Green also  enrolled in both the afternoon and night classes that Howard  Pyle taught at Drexel in 1897. Her study with Pyle was most  important, and she once credited him with not only teaching her  how to draw but also how to interpret life.

In Pyle's classes Elizabeth Shippen  Green met Jessie Willcox Smith and  Violet Oakley. These two women became her lifelong friends. At the age of twenty-eight she moved out of her parent's home and  into studios shared with Violet and Jessie. She also traveled  to Europe. Her career off to a fine start with the Harper's  contract and a 1902 article by the noted art critic Harrison  S. Morris proclaiming her an exciting new illustrator, Elizabeth  seemed to be settled. By 1905 Elizabeth, along with Violet and  Jessie, was comfortably situated at "Cogslea," their studio and home located along the Wissahicken Creek in Germantown outside of Philadelphia. The property belonged to patrons of  the trio, Mr. and Mrs. George Woodward. Soon after the three  women moved in, the Woodwards introduced them to a young architect  who taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Huger Elliot. Huger  was attracted to Elizabeth, and, after a short time, they were  engaged. Elizabeth would not consent to marriage, however, until  after her parents had died. She was their sole support and did  not want to burden Huger. Elizabeth and Huger were married in  1911.

Huger had a very successful career  and thus the couple moved, first to Providence, Rhode Island,  then to Boston, back to Philadelphia, and finally to New York  City. Elizabeth continued illustrating, even increasing her output.  On the Elliots' second move to Philadelphia, when Huger was appointed  Director of what is now the Philadelphia College of Art, they  acquired a small house in Germantown they called "Little  Garth" (a quaint term for "garden"). Huger died  in New York in 1951, and Elizabeth returned to Ph