Lillian Wilhelm Smith
(1882 - 1971)
Lillian Wilhelm Smith was active/lived in Arizona, New York. Lillian Smith is known for landscape and Indian genre painting, illustration, pottery design.
Biography Lillian Wilhelm Smith
Born in Germany according to her niece but born in New York City according to the artist and raised in affluence, Lillian Wilhelm Smith became a watercolorist, ceramic designer and the first and only woman to illustrate western novels by Zane Grey.
She studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, Columbia University, and the Leonia School of Art in New Jersey. Using the name Lillian Wilhelm, she became a recognized illustrator in New York City. Her exposure to the West began in 1912 in New York with Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show" when thanks to Zane Grey, her cousin-in-law, she got backstage to paint the Indians.
She came to Arizona in 1913 with Grey, to illustrate his book, The Rainbow Trail,
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