★ Dorothy Darnell
Dorothy Gwynedd Darnell was a Scottish artist and founder of the Jane Austen society in Alton, Hampshire, England. The group was formed to purchase the historic Chawton cottage, where the writer Jane Austen spent her last eight years. It is now the Jane Austen house Museum.
1. Life. (Жизнь)
Dorothy Gwynedd Darnell was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, on April 21, 1876. She was the daughter of the Reverend Daniel Charles West Darnell (1841-1903), vicar of Portsmouth from 1899 until his death from typhoid and pneumonia in 1903, and Elizabeth Darnell, née Fisher (1844-1927).
She studied art under sir William Nicholson and exhibited at the Royal Academy of art in London. 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1912 and 1914. Her artistic career took place in 1904-1922. At this time, she was living at 25 Campden house road, Kensington, London. She specialized in portraiture, the most famous of which was the painting of Emily Damond, painted before 1922.
Shortly before 1939, Dorothy Darnell moved to Alton, Hampshire, where she lived with her sister, Amy Beatrix Darnell (1873-1970).
Dorothy Darnell was the inspiration for the Jane Austen Society, which she founded in 1940. The main purpose of the society was to buy Chawton cottage, the house in which Jane Austen lived from 1809 to 1817. Dorothy Darnell was the societys Secretary, a role she shared with Elizabeth Jenkins. Her sister, Amy Beatrix Darnell, was the societys Treasurer.
Dorothy died at home, brook cottage, Lenten street, Alton, Hampshire, on 12 October 1953.
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