Kirmse created oil paintings, works in pastels, and etchings. She illustrated books, postcards, and calendars.
She produced illustrated versions of scenes from Shakespeare using animal characters - these included Shakespeare at the Kennels (1934), Shakespeare with the Pets (1935), Shakespeare at the Zoo (1936) and Shakespeare and the Birds (1938). Her illustrations were also used in books by Frances Pitt and E.V. Lucas. Her work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916.
Her sister, Marguerite Kirmse (1885–1954), was also an artist who created etchings of dogs.
- Author and illustrator
- Persis Kirmse (1938). Shakespeare and the Birds. Methuen.
- Persis Kirmse (1934). Shakespeare at the Kennels, Etc. [Drawings of Dogs Suggested by Lines from Shakespeare.].. London.
- Persis Kirmse (1936). Shakespeare at the Zoo. Methuen & Company.
- Persis Kirmse (1935). Shakespeare with the Pets: A Book of Drawings. Methuen.
- Edward Verrall Lucas; Persis Kirmse (1932). The Day of the Dog ... Illustrated by Persis Kirmse. London.
- Edward Verrall Lucas (1936). Dinmont Day-by-Day ... Illustrated by Persis Kirmse. [Reprinted from "Punch."].. London.
- Edward Verrall Lucas; Persis Kirmse (1931). No-Nose at the Show. Drawings by Persis Kirmse. Verses by E.V. Lucas. Methuen & Company.
- Frances Pitt; Persis Kirmse (1932). Scotty. The adventures of a Highland fox ... With many illustrations by Persis Kirmse. Longmans & Company.
- Dominic Winter. British & Continental Paintings and Watercolors - Wednesday 5 February 2014. p. 26. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- Jim Gawler (1996). Persis Kirmse, her parents and sisters. Jim Gawler.
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