The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady By Edith B. Holden


Edith Holden’s exquisitely illustrated record of the British countryside throughout the seasons is a delight to read—and a wonderful gift for anyone who loves history and the natural world.


Edith B. Holden

Born in 1871 in Warwickshire, Edith B. Holden was an English naturalist, painter, teacher, and writer who studied under Joseph Denovan Adam in Scotland. In her time, she was a well-known illustrator of poetry and children's books; her artwork appeared in works including Beasts and Fishes, Woodland Whisperings, Mrs. Strang's Annual for Children, Animals Around Us, and The Three Goats Gruff. Her work was also exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of the Arts. Edith was also an activist for conservation and animal welfare. She illustrated The Animal's Friend, the magazine published by the National Council of Animal Welfare, and created postcards for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Edith married sculptor Ernest Smith at the age of 39. The couple, who remained childless, moved to London shortly after their marriage-where Edith continued her artistic career until her death in 1920.

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