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Autograph Letter Signed ‘Anna Jameson’‚ to Mrs. Briggs‚ saying that she is better “& Louisa is going on pretty well”. 1 page oblong 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Undated. Anna Jameson (1794-1860)‚ Irish art critic and author. “I will come into you this Evening about 9 - after Louisa is tucked up for the night.”
The multi-talented Victorian Irish author and art critic Anna Brownell Jameson [1794-1860] was one of the few female writers in the late 1820s to gain notoriety as not only an amazing writer, but also as a strong supporter of the feminist movement in all genres of literature. As a nomadic writer of fiction and stalwart researcher in women’s studies, she was also among the female writers of her time who served to show just how far a writer is willing to go for inspiration. Her travels took her to Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, Canada and the United States, among others.
Her first major published work was The Diary of an Ennuyée in 1825. This piece gained attention in the literary world when it was discovered that it was a fictitious account of her travels and exploits in Italy: an unique spin on a solid idea. Her first feminist oriented work which displayed powers of original thought was her Characteristics of Women , an analysis of William Shakespeare’s heroines.
In later works, she focused her interest on questions affecting the education, occupations and the welfare of women. She would spend the rest of her single life focusing on women issues and the “women question” as it applied to the 19th century British Empire. As an art critic, she studied private art collections in and near London, and wrote several books in the 1840s about the collections.
Her relationships with men dominated her life and seemed to go hand-in-hand with her free-spirited lifestyle. Her on-again, off-again romance with and stormy marriage to Robert Jameson ended in separation after two decades. Shortly after his death in 1854, it was discovered that he had left most of his estate to others and nearly nothing to her. Although Anna continued to write, finishing Sisters of Charity and The Communion of Labor, she died within a few years of her husband from an unknown illness.