The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady 2017 Calendar
In 1906 artist Edith Holden began a diary that recorded her life in the English countryside. Along with poetry and personal observations, she illustrated each month with drawings of flowers, birds and more that reflected the seasons of the year. The diary passed down through the family to Edith Holden’s great-niece who in 1977 arranged for it to be published in a facsimile edition as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady – 2017 marks its 40th anniversary.
Published by Tide-mark, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady wall calendar opens to 13.25 x 20 inches.
About the Author
English illustrator and diarist Edith Holden was born at Kings Norton, Worcester in 1871. She grew up in the village of Olton, a borough of Solihull, and about four miles from the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands.
The Holden family was a large one. Ms. Holden was one of seven children. Her father was a paint manufacturer. Ms Holden attended art school and worked as an illustrator. Her drawings were published in a number of books.
In 1906, Ms Holden began keeping a diary of her observations and illustrated it with images from the country around her family home in Olton. In 1911, she moved to London and eventually married Ernest Smith, a sculptor. They lived in Chelsea and had no children.
On March 16, 1920 Edith Holden Smith was gathering buds from chestnut trees when she fell into the Thames River and died of drowning.
The diary she began recording in January of 1906 was put aside and saved in an English house where it was discovered seventy years later and finally published in a facsimile edition. The excerpts published here reflect the enduring appeal of the connection Edith Holden felt with the natural world and her skill in illustrating it.