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Marguerite Kirmse


(1885 - 1954)

Marguerite Kirmse

Marguerite Kirmse was born in Bournesmouth, England. She emigrated to the United States as an accomplished harpist in order to continue her musical education. But instead she embarked on a highly successful career as an illustrator. She is best known for her drawings of dogs, including those in Lassie, Come-Home by Eric Knight.

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Bob Son of Battle (1898)

Two sheep farmers and their sheepdogs engage in a years-long battle to prove their superiority in handling sheep with the son of one caught between.

Published in the U.K. under the title “Owd Bob: The Grey Dog of Kenmuir.”

Author(s): Alfred Ollivant
Illustrator(s): Marguerite Kirmse

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Lassie Come-Home (1940)

When Joe’s father loses his job, Lassie is sold, but she refuses to stay and come home across the length of England.


Author(s): Eric Knight
Illustrator(s): Marguerite Kirmse

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