A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin

A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin

by Judith Flanders
     
 

The Macdonald sisters—Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa-started life in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement. Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire.… See more details below

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The Macdonald sisters—Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa-started life in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle classes, denied the advantages of education and the expectation of social advancement. Yet as wives and mothers they would connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister, and the uncrowned poet laureate of the Empire. Georgiana and Agnes married, respectively, the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones and the arts administrator Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin, and Alice was mother to Rudyard Kipling.

A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women living at a privileged moment in history. Their progress from obscurity to imperial grandeur indicates the vitality of 19th-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured. 16 pages of illustrations.

Author Biography: Judith Flanders is author of Inside the Victorian Home. The British edition of A Circle of Sisters was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in London.

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The McDonald sisters: Georgina married painter Edward Burne-Jones, Agnes married arts administrator Edward Poytner, and Louisa and Alice gave birth, respectively, to future prime minister Stanley Baldwin and future author Rudyard Kipling. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670886739
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)

Meet the Author

JUDITH FLANDERS is an international bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Her book Inside the Victorian Home was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in London.

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