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Helen Thurlow (1889-?) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1904 to 1912. While at the Academy, her instructor Thomas Anschutz, who was also the head of the school, painted an oil portrait of her. Thurlow herself was known as a portrait painter, and she received several commissions to paint prominent citizens in her native Lancaster. While living in New York in the 1910s, Thurlow worked as an illustrator for Woman's Home Companion and Vogue magazines, and she is most well known for her illustration for the cover of the first issue of British Vogue, from September 1916. Thurlow's roommate for a time in New York was Fern Forrester Shay.