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In this highly readable biography, the author ushers into the light of modern scholarship the life of a remarkable and somewhat overlooked figure in the annals of Victorian Britain.
Louisa Marchioness of Waterford was born on 14 April 1818 and died peacefully on 12 May 1891. Her status and the course of her life brought her into contact with many major figures of her day, including Gladstone, Queen Victoria and numerous influential artists and critics, among them Ruskin and members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Her own outstanding accomplishments as an artist were both recognized and admired in wider society, and the author argues that had it been for her status as a quintessentially Victorian lady of means and the wider social mores of the day, combined with her habitual self-deprecation, her legacy to the art world might have been far greater than it actually was.
Louisa's philanthropy was also a central feature of her long and productive life, inspired and supported throughout by her religious beliefs. Her work in this respect, at Curraghmore in Ireland, Ford in the North of England and Highcliffe in the South, is examined in detail and reveals a woman of deep humility and profound humanity, who was both loved and admired as much by the working classes as by her wealthy peers.
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Robert Franklin was born in China and educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. He spent the greater part of his career as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS based in Dorset, but has always been interested in history. His previous books include Lord Stuart de Rothesay (1993, revised edition 2008), The Stuarts of Highcliffe (1998), The Fringes of History (2003), Private and Secret (2005) and The Best General You Have (2007). He has also contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). He currently lives in Christchurch, Dorset.
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Book Description Book Guild Ltd, 2011. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # U9781846246005