Virginia Keep Clark, artist and  illustrator, 17 February 1878- 13 September 1962.
Dearest Virginia Keep Clark, object of my obsession since 2004, lived in the house next door to mine in Herron-Morton Place. She’s taken me all over the country in search of her stories and many connections.
Born in New Orleans, but raised from age four in Indianapolis, she married a Chicago native and lived in Evanston, Chicago proper, and then onto Oyster Bay, Long Island, midtown Manhattan, Mackall, Maryland, New Hampshire, Winter Park, Florida and summers in Nassau–the lady got around.live-dolls-house-party-ASIAN-VERSION
Virginia illustrated a series of children’s books– referred to as the “Live Dolls” books– written by Josephine Scribner Gates and published by Indianapolis’ Bobbs-Merrill Company between 1901-1911. The books were published again circa 1950, featuring a different illustrator who reflected the “current” times. She illustrated and contributed to a few other books, including “decorations” for  An Old Sweetheart of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley and illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy.