by Virginia Huntington Robie
Virginia Huntington Robie was born on October 18, 1868 in Salmon Falls, New Hampshire. She enjoyed the immense benefits of education throughout her childhood, and she went on to attend the School of Decorative Design at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and later the Art Institute in Chicago. Her lifelong focus was researching and writing architecture and art, but she also wrote juvenile fiction, and was a professor of art at Rollins College.
She wrote numerous books, including Historic Styles in Furniture (1904), By-paths in Collecting (1912), Quest of the Quaint (1916), and The New Architectural Development in Florida (1922). Her articles appeared in many journals, such as Country Life, Ladies’ Home Journal, the World Book Encyclopedia, Century Magazine, and International Studio, House and Garden. She was a dedicated, driven person, creating a significant catalog of writings, helping to design Rollins College, and strengthening the connection between the College and its town, Winter Haven, Florida.
This edition is dedicated to Elizabeth Helm of the National Sculpture Society, alert observer and imaginative editor of the scholarship of the arts.