The Water Babies. Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1924). Pp ix, 305. Small folio. Publisher's orange cloth boards, decorated in black & blue. Light shelf-wear to covers, occassionoal spotting to contetns pages. With twelve tipped-in colouted plates and numersous drawings throughout the text.
The adventures of Tom, a sooty little chimney sweep with a great longing to be clean, who is stolen by fairies and turned into a water-baby.
Jessie Willcox Smith was a very successful artist who worked during the Golden Age of Illustration. She illustrated more than 40 books and did hundreds of magazine illustrations. Her work is very recognizable and she is known for her beautiful illustrations that capture the essence of children.