Nell Brinkley was one of the famous American comic artists at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1902, while still a young student, she was hired as an illustrator by the Denver Post for $7 per week, and drew romantic cartoons. Four years later she moved to New York City where she worked for William Randolf Hearst and the New York Evening Journal. Her work also appeared in Harpers, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, but she stayed with Hearst for 31 years.
Brinkley became especially known for her "Brinkley Girl," a portrayal of glamorous, curly haired girls with lots of laces and ruffles. The Three Graces, her drawing which idolized "the three graces of suffrage, preparedness and Americanism," set a new standard for feminine beauty and inspired a whole generation of women artists, including Dale Messick, the creator of the comic series 'Brenda Starr, Reporter'.
Nell Brinkley was a nationally syndicated and self-taught comic artist whose work spanned the globe and attracted many copyists. She was married to Bruce MacRae, and died in 1944.