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Brief Lives: Biographies from Early Modernity

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Amabel Hume-Campbell (nee Yorke)

Amabel Yorke (1751 – 1833) left behind an extensive archive of letters and diaries, carefully documenting her life, her observations, and her strong political opinions. Growing up immersed in a culture of intellectual debate, Amabel longed to participate in political life. She wrote extensively on the French Revolution, and described herself as an old English Whig. Discussed here by Serena Dyer, PhD candidate at the University of Warwick.

Mon 08 Jul 2013, 15:43 | Tags: 19th Century, Britain, 18th Century

Elizabeth Helme

Elizabeth Helme (1772-c.1810/1813) was an English novelist, translator, educational writer, teacher, and headmistress. Although much of her work did well critically and commercially, since the mid-nineteenth century it has largely been ignored. For more information, please listen to the podcast by Kate Scarth.

Tue 15 May 2012, 13:27 | Tags: 19th Century, Britain, 18th Century

Augustus Wall Callcott and Maria, Lady Callcott

“[Callcott] painted everything tolerably, and nothing excellently; he has given us no gift, struck for us no light, and though he has produced one or two valuable works…they will, I believe, in future have no place among those considered representative of the English School."

Carly Collier reacts to Ruskin’s withering assessment of the nineteenth-century landscape painter Augustus Wall Callcott, discussing he and his wife (Lady Maria) as a formidable partnership, counting leading artists, intellectuals and politicians amongst their friends and, c.1828-1842, presiding over arguably the most important artistic salon of the era.

Tue 15 May 2012, 11:55 | Tags: 19th Century, Britain

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