Object of the Month: Louise Roberts’ Designs

 Louise Smith Roberts Designs

Louise Smith Roberts studied at both the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and at the Art Students League in New York. She was a prolific artist, creating illustrations for fashion pages, greeting cards and magazines. Additionally, she worked on the staff of the Philadelphia Record for fifteen years.

Roberts and her husband, William, originally founded the Roberts Press in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, but moved to Arden, Delaware in 1916. The Arden location was in operation until 1933 when the Roberts’ moved to New Hope.

Her creative designs and illustrations, as seen below, are representative of the appeal, charm and imagination found in the Golden Age of American Illustration. Her work also serves as an example of the artistic talents that have flourished in Arden from its founding to today.


*Reproductions of Louise Roberts’s work are available for purchase at the Arden Craft Shop Museum.

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