This Simple Faith Has Made America Great, advertising poster for Interchurch World Movement
Date: 1919
Medium: Commerical lithograph
Dimensions: composition: 36 3/4 × 24 1/4 in. (93.3 × 61.6 cm) sheet: 38 1/2 × 25 1/2 in. (97.8 × 64.8 cm)
Illustration Citation: This Simple Faith Has Made America Great, advertising poster for Interchurch World Movement
Credit Line: Found in collection
Object Number: 1900-138
About: Jessie Willcox Smith had an established career at The Ladies’ Home Journal when she joined Howard Pyle's classes in 1894 for further study. Famous by 1900 for her idealized images of children and domestic life in literary publications, on magazine covers, and in advertising campaigns, she kept her style largely unaltered until her death in 1935. This Madonna-like mother and praying child set against a calm night sky epitomize Willcox Smith’s widely-recognized style. The spiritual mood reflected the aim of the short-lived Interchurch World Movement (1919-1920) to unify American Protestant denominations in order to help bring about "peace...among the people of the earth.”
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