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Cleaning Schoolhouse
Date: 1930
Medium: Ink on illustration board
Dimensions: composition: 6 3/8 × 6 3/8 in. (16.2 × 16.2 cm) sheet: 14 1/8 × 10 5/8 in. (35.9 × 27 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Eric and Mary Anne," by Cornelia Meigs, in Child Life, May 1931
Credit Line: Gift of Henrietta Wireman Shuttleworth, 2017
Object Number: 2017-58
About: This illustration depicts one of the practical chores of frontier settlers. The artist enlivened the scene with an array of patterns and designs, set partly against a black chalkboard that frames the characters' brisk actions. Author Cornelia Meigs grew up in Iowa, where she wrote her first book, a collection of fairy tales. During most of her career she wrote prize-winning fiction and biographies for children. An English professor at her alma mater Bryn Mawr College, she was an authority on children's literature.
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