Choose a decade. Tough to pick just one. I finished reading "Red Rose Girls" by Alice (Bunny) Carter, then jumped into the biography of N.C. Wyeth by David Michaelis, so I presently feel totally immersed in the 1920's and 30's. I did some sketches of a Jessie Wilcox Smith style "child in a garden" and realized the assignment calls for a famous person of the chosen decade. Hmmm, children were not famous back then. Well, except for the "Little Rascals" silent films, but the ragamuffins wouldn't deserve a magazine cover in that period of time. Jessie Wilcox Smith was all about idyllic scenes of everyday life, lots of mother and child subject matter for her Good Housekeeping covers.
So, I'm trying out Amelia Earhart, July 24, 1897 – missing July 2, 1937, declared dead January 5, 1939. She was learning to fly in the 20's. "Working at a variety of jobs, as a photographer, truck driver and stenographer at the local telephone company, she managed to save $1,000 for flying lessons. Earhart had her first lessons, beginning on January 3, 1921, at Kinner Field near Long Beach but to reach the airfield Amelia took a bus to the end of the line, then walked four miles." (Wikipedia)
My other thoughts were of Dorothy Parker. A very interesting woman, but, not finding much reference photography for sketches. Still thinking about her though.