Queer Places:
Red Rose Inn, 1308 Mt Pleasant Rd, Villanova, PA 19085
Cogslea, 627 St Georges Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19119, Stati Uniti
Cogshill, 601 St Georges Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19119
West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, Stati Uniti

Image result for Henrietta CozensHenrietta Cozens (1862 – April 12, 1940) was a horticulturalist and a friend of the artists Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott (1872-1954), Violet Oakley (1874-1961), and Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935). The three artists met in 1896 as students of the illustrator Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute, now Drexel University. Oakley and Smith began their friendship by collaborating on the illustration of a new edition of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline for Houghton, Mifflin and Company in 1897. After leaving Drexel, they rented an apartment at 1523 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, and Green joined them there. Smith and Green collaborated on the Bryn Mawr College Calendar for 1901, 1902, and 1909, as well as on The Book of the Child.

In 1902, the three artists held their first group exhibition at the Plastic Club, a professional organization for women artists on Camac Street in Philadelphia. After their experience renting studio space at Bryn Mawr College to escape the summer heat of the city, they decided in 1902 to lease the Red Rose Inn in Villanova, where they lived and worked until 1906. Henrietta Cozens joined them there, taking on the management of the household and the garden. The four women then moved to a farm in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, where architect Frank Miles Day designed a residence that they named Cogslea, a word that includes the acronym "Cogs," standing for Cozens, Oakley, Green, and Smith.

In 1911, Green married architect and artist Huger Elliott and made several moves with him, to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, as well as back to Philadelphia, where they built a home near Cogslea. Meanwhile, in 1914, Smith moved with Cozens to Cogshill, a new home and studio near Cogslea. Oakley remained at Cogslea with her friend and former student, Edith Emerson. Even though they no longer lived in one house, the four friends remained in close contact for the rest of their lives.

Cogslea, 627 St Georges Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cogshill, 601 St Georges Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Elliott published illustrations in Harper's and many other periodicals and monographs. Oakley designed stained glass windows and painted murals, including those in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, and she received many honors for her work, including awards from the St. Louis Exposition (1904), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1905), the San Francisco Exposition (1915), and an honorary doctorate in law from Drexel. Smith published illustrations in many publications, including Ladies' Home Journal, Scribner's Magazine, and Good Housekeeping Magazine, and she did the illustrations for monographs such as Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. She also won many awards, including those from the Charleston Exposition (1902), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1903), the Philadelphia Water Color Club (1911), and the Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915).

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