Illustration by Jessie M. King from the Christmas supplement to The Studio, issued December 15, 1913
Jessie Marion King (March 20, 1875 – August 3, 1949) was a Scottishillustrator mostly of children's books. She also designed jewelry and fabric, and painted pottery. She was married to E. A. Taylor, artist and furniture designer.
She was born in Bearsden, near Glasgow. Her father was James Wat(t)ers King, a minister with the Church of Scotland and her mother was Mary Anne Anderson. She received a strict religious education and was discouraged from becoming an artist. Jessie M. King began training as an Art teacher in 1891 at Queen Margaret College (Glasgow). In 1892 she entered the Glasgow School of Art. As a student, she received a number of awards, including her first silver medal from the National Competition, South Kensington (1898).
King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899. Her first published designs, and some people believe her finest, were for the covers of books published by Globus Verlag, Berlin between 1899 and 1902. The publisher was a subsidiary company of the great Berlin department store, Wertheim's. She was influenced by the Art Nouveau of the period and her works correspond in mood with those of The Glasgow Four.