Ruth Chrisman Gannett (1896-1979)
Where: Cream Hill
Gannett was born in Santa Ana, California and attended the University of California at Berkeley, and later the Art Students League. She married her second husband, Lewis Stiles Gannett, in 1931. Her illustrations for John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat brought her national recognition in 1935. Gannett also illustrated several of her husband’s books, collaborated with her step-daughter, also named Ruth, on the My Father’s Dragon series, for which she won a Newberry Honor, and collaborated with other authors, such as Carol Sherwin Bailey and Becky Reyher, with whom she won a Newberry Honor and a Caldecott Honor citation, respectively.
Though best known for her works on paper, Gannett was also very skilled in gardening and metalwork. Gannett was well known around Cornwall for her garden, and enjoyed creating small metal works for friends. Gannett died in her West Cornwall home in 1979.
Image from the Collection of the Cornwall Historical Society