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An Autobiography

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108081283

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  • The young Elizabeth Butler (née Thompson, 1846–1933) and her sister, the poet Alice Meynell, were educated at home by their wealthy father, and much of their childhood was spent in Italy. Elizabeth began to train as an artist at the Female School of Art, South Kensington, in 1866. She became famous for her work in the genre (unusual for a woman) of military art, one of her best known paintings being The Roll Call, an imagined incident from the Crimea. She took great trouble to ensure the accuracy of the detail of regimental uniform, and her depiction of the bravery and stoicism of the 'ordinary British soldier' was much appreciated in the late nineteenth century. This brisk and amusing 1922 autobiography, illustrated with her own sketches, takes the reader from her childhood through her artistic success to her life as the wife of a soldier and the mother of five children.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108081283
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    1. First impressions
    2. Early youth
    3. More travel
    4. In the art schools
    5. Study in Florence
    6. Rome
    7. War: battle paintings
    8. 'The Roll Call'
    9. Echoes of 'The Roll Call'
    10. More work and play
    11. To Florence and back
    12. Again in Italy
    13. A soldier's wife
    14. Queen Victoria
    15. Official life: the east
    16. To the east
    17. More of the east
    18. The last of Egypt
    19. Aldershot
    20. Italy again
    21. The Dover command
    22. The Cape and Devonport
    23. A new reign
    24. Mostly a Roman diary
    25. The Great War
    Index.

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    Elizabeth Butler

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