Library of Congress Acquires Original Artwork of Vera B. Williams

by The Thornical Press Staff

The Library of Congress announced that it has acquired fifty-eight original watercolor illustrations painted by famed author Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, A Chair for Always and Cherries and Cherry Pits.

According to LOC, the artwork was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. Williams Trust.

In a press release, LOC wrote: 

Award-winning author and illustrator Vera B. Williams (1927-2015) brought to life the voices and imaginations of working-class children in loving families, with dreams of success through education and hard work. Many of Williams’ books echoed her own childhood experience of poverty, separation from parents and her use of imagination that empowered her to forge her own path as a lifelong artist, author and activist.

Williams’ was born in Los Angeles to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.  As a young girl, Williams moved to New York City and would later earn a degree from Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina.  Williams would go on to write a dozen award-winning books throughout her career.

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