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A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter… (edition 2002)
A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne Jones, Agnes Poynter, and Louisa Baldwin by Judith Flanders
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393052109, Hardcover)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 Alice 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 nineteenth-century Britain: a society abundant with possibility. From their homes in India, America, and England, the sisters formed a network that, through the triumphs and tragedies of their families and the Empire, uniquely endured.
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"The Macdonald sisters - Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa - started life precariously stationed in the teeming ranks of the lower-middle class. They were denied the advantage of a traditional education, or the expectation of social advancement. Yet, as wives and mothers, they were to connect a famous painter, a president of the Royal Academy, a prime minister and a poet. Georgiana and Agnes married, respectively, Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter; Louisa gave birth to Stanley Baldwin, whilst Alice was the mother of Rudyard Kipling." "A Circle of Sisters brings to life four women who lived at an exceptional and privileged moment in history. Their journey, in a single generation, from provincial obscurity to metropolitan and imperial grandeur symbolized the energy and vitality of nineteenth-century Britain. This was a society open to talent and abundant with possibility, where four lowly born sisters could rise to become the intimates of politicians, princes and viceroys."--BOOK JACKET.
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