St Clare

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, ROI, RWS, 1871-1945

Water-colour illustration / colour plate

1901

Source: Brickdale 181

Lines printed with the title: "St Clare in the garden of one of the Monastries she founded after she had given her fortune to the poor." There is no account of St Clare in the collection, so this last plate simply suggests the quiet beauty of another way of life for a woman, a totally selfless one devoted to caring, charity, contemplation. Sisterhoods had certainly risen in profile during the later Victorian period. [Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links. See related material below.]

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