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pen and ink drawing on transparent 9″×11″ paper over purple paisley material (my shirt).
inspired by
Mary Augusta Arnold nee Ward

Mary Augusta was an Australian born Author. She wrote under her married name Mary Augusta Ward. Ward’s most popular novel by far was the religious “novel with a purpose” Robert Elsmere, which portrayed the emotional conflict between the young pastor Elsmere and his wife, whose over-narrow orthodoxy brings her religious faith and their mutual love to a terrible impasse. It started, as no academic work could have done, a popular discussion on historic and essential Christianity.

Ward helped establish an organization for working and teaching among the poor and was one of the founders of the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League in 1908. She also worked as an educator in the residential settlements she founded. Mary Ward’s declared aim was “equalisation” in society, and she established educational settlements first at Marchmont Hall and later at Tavistock Place in Bloomsbury.In the summer of 1908 Ward was asked by George Nathaniel Curzon and William Cremer to become the first president of Britain’s Anti-Suffrage League.She was also Aldous Huxley’s aunt.

Mary Augusta Arnold nee Ward


  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 2 years ago

    Awesome history and drawing!!

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 2 years ago

    They say “eye candy”. This is eye and soul candy.

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    (your vote is needed here !!!)

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Great history behind this image! Excellent!

  • I had fun drawing on the transparent paper and then putting a dress or a shirt behind it when I scanned it. I ran out of paper or I’d do more…and I’m too cheap to buy more just to play with.

    – redqueenself

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago


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  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image and congratulations on your feature in Kira’s Daily Dazzler

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 2 years ago

    Gorgeous creation!

  • waynea3
    waynea3over 2 years ago

    Wonderful colour and detail in this work. Congratulations :)

  • madvlad
    madvladover 2 years ago

    lovelee drawing well done

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