Vintage Janet Laura Scott Pochoir Illustration
Vintage 1920's era hand painted pochoir stencils by famed illustrator Janet Laura Scott.
Pochoir is the French word for stencil. In the 1920’s and 30’s Art Deco era, the color application process of the stencil was rejuvenated by the French, bringing color illustration processes for books and prints to new glorious heights.
Janet Laura Scott (1888-1968) was an illustrator and landscape artist. She was known for her work with the PF Volland publishing company and later, as a prominent regional watercolorist in Maine.
Scott was born in Wisconsin, but her formative years were spent in Illinois, where she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She spent a year abroad in Munich, returning just before the outbreak of WWI, and began her career as a commercial artist. She produced greeting card and picture book illustrations for the PF Volland, which specialized in “Sunny” picture books, ones that told happy stories to children. Her bright watercolors with their flat color and minimal shading were perfect for their needs, and she was kept steadily busy with projects. She was versatile with different kinds of media, and would employ several over the span of a larger project, with the exception of oils, which she never cared for.
Over the course of her career, she illustrated greeting cards, calendars, baby books, several issues of “Child Life” magazine, and “Child Craft” articles, some of which continued to be in print in multiple editions. She designed Raggedy Ann dolls for the PF Volland, who published Johnny Gruelle, and illustrated the “Bobbsey Twins” books.
These illustrations are approx. 11” X 11” in vintage frames.