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While in high school she received a scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her first commission from the Penn Publishing Company to illustrate </SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-size:10pt;font-style:italic">Old French Fairy Tales</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-size:10pt"> (1920). She was 19 years old and had recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis. She was soon commissioned to make illustrations for another book, Tanglewood Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Unfortunately, while her art was on the rise, her health was on the decline; and her illness greatly affected the rate at which she could complete her drawings. She left commissions uncompleted at her death in 1931.<BR/><BR/>Sterrett’s illustrations for the </SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-size:10pt;font-style:italic">Tanglewood Tales</SPAN><SPAN STYLE="font-size:10pt"> reveal the influence of European design styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco. 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In Cadmus Saw Harmonia, the vertical columns and the checkerboard-patterned floor emphasize the ordered nature of Cadmus’ palace, while the flowers on Harmonia’s cloak and on the curtain of the arched doorway highlight the beautiful appearance of this royal stranger described in Hawthorne’s story of “The Dragon’s Teeth.”<BR/></SPAN></SPAN>", "Dedication" : "Purchased with funds from the Art Angels", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "DRAWINGS", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/15-D-458.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/15-D-458.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/15-D-458.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/15-D-458.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "3417", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 4440, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/4440", "Disp_Access_No" : "15-D-459", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1921", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1921", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1921", "Disp_Title" : "Prosperpina Refuses the Pomegranate", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Virginia Sterrett", "Sort_Artist" : "Sterrett, Virginia", "Disp_Dimen" : "14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. 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