Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon: Feminist, Artist and Rebel
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Traditional Arab embroidery she had collected from Algeria as patterns, plus a commission and an advance payment. Hertha relied: ‘My letters to you always say the same thing. They say thank you, thank you, thank you, and yet they never say enough to thank you! I received the Arab work to-day and the silks … It is very unbusinesslike of you to pay me for undone work. Suppose you do not like it when it is done?’48 Hertha’s work was excellent and when Barbara showed it to other friends, including.
Eliot and John Chapman (New Haven, 1940) for details of Chapman’s life. 40 Elizabeth Malleson, Autobiographical Notes (printed for private circulation, 1926) p. 101. 41 GEL, II, 163. 42 All quotations from Chapman’s letters are from the collection held in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. 43 Jan Marsh and Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Women Artists and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement (London, 1989) p. 41. 44 Munk’s Roll: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College.
P. 169. 23 Burton, p. 170. 24 Girton College Reports, 1891–1905. 25 GEL, IV, 401. 26 ML: ‘A cluster of great names, both living and dead, rush to our memories in evidence that women can produce novels not only fine, but among the very finest; – novels, too, that have a precious speciality, lying quite apart from masculine aptitudes and experience’: ‘Silly Novels by Lady Novelists’, Westminster Review, October 1856. 27 Henry Sidgwick (1838–1900) fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Winter, for all reasons, that I shall not think of it, if she has to remain. But she ought not, must not remain – health & Happiness are both at stake & these must be cared for …63 This view of things must have impressed Ben, and in turn the Pater, who decided to take all three of his daughters to a better climate for the winter of 1856. Perhaps he had read the words of a certain French physician called Dr Bodichon, who, writing in 1838, had commented that ‘a residence in Algeria can.
Daughters failed to find husbands, they were doomed to be long-term financial burdens on their families. Barbara stressed the value of work for every human being regardless of gender or class, regardless also of whether a woman was married or single. A central tenet of Women and Work was that: Every human being should work; no one should owe bread to any but his or her parents … rational beings ask nothing from their parents save the means of gaining their own livelihood. Fathers have no right.