Rare Pamela Colman Smith Article: She Believes in Fairies

Pamela Colman Smith - She Believes in Fairies (1912)

I was lucky to uncover this fantastic article about Pamela Colman Smith from The Delineator, published in 1912 (two years after the publication of the Waite-Smith tarot deck). Aside from the delightful photo of a cross-legged Pixie sitting on the floor with five candles arrayed in front of her, the article has a number of interesting tidbits, including this great quote from Whistler:

She can’t paint, and she can’t draw, but she doesn’t have to!

And she’s quoted about Edmund Dulac’s illustrations of fairy stories:

“But his goblins! Why, he doesn’t know anything about goblins! Goblins don’t look like that!”

The article also discusses her importance as an innovator and inspiration for other women artists:

She uses color as the early Italian painters used it, and as many illustrators now use it, but she was the first woman to break away from the conventional. Before she was twenty she was an inspiration to American women painters who were working toward something different. Many of our women have since done notable decorative work, but she was the pioneer who gave them courage.

You can see the scan of the original article in its entirety herePamela Colman Smith: She Believes in Fairies (1912)

1 Comment

  1. Janeth

    – I love how you used the lensbaby to smiplify this image, and LOVE you moody black and white processing. Your model has a timeless look. This photo looks like it was from another year, another time, out of a dream.


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