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List of famous female illustrators, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female illustrators list contains the most prominent and top females known for being illustrators. There are thousand of females working as illustrators in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic illustrators have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a illustrator then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female illustrators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female illustrators?" and "Who are the best female illustrators?"
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Illustrators
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Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life. Born into a wealthy Unitarian family, Potter, along with her younger brother Walter Bertram, grew up with few friends outside her large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1866-1943)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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#7 on The Best Children's Book Authors

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Jean Marzollo is a children's author and illustrator. Born in 1942, she has written over 100 books, including the best-selling, award-winning I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Marzollo was born and raised in Connecticut. ...more

Age: 76

Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States of America

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Bernarda Bryson Shahn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Illustrators
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Bernarda Bryson Shahn was an American painter and lithographer. She also wrote and illustrated children's books including The Zoo of Zeus and Gilgamesh. The renowned artist Ben Shahn was her "life companion" and they married in 1969. Bernarda Bryson was born in Athens, Ohio, where her father owned the Athens Morning Journal. In Ohio she studied at several schools including the Cleveland School of Art, married, and worked for a newspaper. She met her future husband during a trip to New York in 1932 she took to interview Diego Rivera, whom Shahn was assisting in the production of his Rockefeller Center murals. Both of them worked for the Depression-era Resettlement Administration, later part ...more

Age: Died at 101 (1903-2004)

Birthplace: Athens, Ohio, United States of America

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Clare Newberry was a writer and illustrator. ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1903-1970)

Birthplace: Enterprise, Oregon, United States of America

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