Hilda Cowham was born in 1873. She was a student at Wimbledon School of Art, Lambeth School of Art, and the Royal College of Art. She was one of the first women illustrators to publish in Punch. Her work was also published in The Sketch, The Graphic and other magazines and periodicals. She illustrated children's books, such as Fiddlesticks (1900), Peter Pickle and his dog Fido (1906), Curly Heads and Long Legs (1914), and Blacklegs and Others (1911). One of her characters, a "bush haired, black stockinged imp with big sash bow and infinitesimal petticoats", became famous as the "Cowham child" and was widely imitated.
- Art and Artists, Otago Witness, February 3, 1904
- "Baby Wit", Marlborough Express, September 15, 1913
- Hilda Cowham brief biography from the London Transport Museum
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