Celebrating a Poet, A Self-Taught Artist, An Educator and A Lover of Nature

Three Titles Written by Lydia Louise Ann Very

Left to Right: An Old Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900); Sayings and Doings Among Insects and Flowers (1898); and A Strange Disclosure, A Tale of New England Life (1898)

March is National Women’s History Month, which celebrates the many different roles played by women throughout history, many of whom pushed beyond the stereotypes of their time.  April is National Poetry Month, during which the role of poetry in our lives is celebrated.  This blog post about Lydia Louise Ann Very (1823-1901), a talented, self-taught artist, educator, and poet, spans both of these celebrations.

Lydia L. A. Very

Image of Lydia Louise A. Very, printed on Frontispiece in An Old-Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900)

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Women Artists Provide Winter Interlude

Kitty M. Bradlee Collection, two watercolor floral paintings

Two Watercolor Floral Paintings from Kitty M. Bradlee Collection

Occasionally, I roam through the stacks of our collection to explore what I am not familiar with as a treat after a project has been finished or, in this case, as a small interlude from the challenging winter we have been experiencing.  Since March is Women’s History Month, I decided to search out women artists.  In this posting I would like to share with you the beautiful art that I discovered.

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