pen and ink drawing on transparent 9″×11″ paper over purple paisley material (my shirt).
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.