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Bodichon, Barbara (Mme)

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Bodichon, Barbara (Mme)

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British, 19th century, female.

Born 8 April 1827, in Whatlington (Sussex); died June 1891, at Scalands, near Hastings.

Watercolourist. Landscapes.

Society of Female Artists.

Barbara Bodichon painted under both her maiden name of Leigh Smith and married name of Mme Eugène Bodichon. She is above all remembered as an important figure in the women’s rights movement and as founder of Girton College, the first women’s college in Cambridge. Her father was a forward-thinking liberal politician who treated his sons and daughters as equals and as such, despite her being an illegitimate daughter, he provided Barbara with a solid education and an annual income of £300 from the age of 21.In Hastings she was taught by W. Collingwood Smith and advised by William Holman Hunt. Because women were not allowed to study at the Royal Academy Schools, she studied art at Bedford Square Ladies College in London where her tutor was Francis Cary. Her family home, Scalands near Hastings, became a meeting place for some of the Pre-Raphaelites including Anna Mary Howitt, Elizabeth Siddal and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. They formed a monthly club, ‘The Folio’, to exhibit and criticise work on a set theme. She also came into contact with the Barbizon school and received instruction from Corot, in whose studio she studied in ...

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