The Edwardian Lady

The Story of Edith Holden

The Edwardian Lady, beautifully illustrated throughout, is the perfect companion volume for all devotees of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady

In 1906 Edith Holden wrote her Nature Notes which, when published in 1977 as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, captured the imagination of the reading public all over the world.

In the summer of 1988 a hitherto unknown manuscript from the pen of Edith Holden, her Nature Notes for 1905, was discovered in a dining-room cupboard.

In The Edwardian Lady, Ina Taylor has brought together a unique collection of photographs, paintings and mementoes of the Holden family which tells the story of Edith's life, and the background against which she developed her talents.

Brought up in the new and exciting industrial centre of Birmingham in the last years of the Victorian age, the remarkable Holden family participated to the full in the expanding artistic and cultural life of the city, where William Morris and Walter Crane were contemporaries.

The story follows Edith to Scotland, where she studied under the painter Joseph Denovan Adam; to Dartmoor where she became closest to the wild life and natural surrounds that played such an important part in her life and work; and finally to London, where she carried on her painting and illustrating in Chelsea after her marriage to the sculptor Ernest Smith, and where she lived until her tragic death by drowning in 1920.

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