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An English contemporary of Beatrix Potter, Edith Holden was also a talented watercolor artist and naturalist. Although unpublished during her lifetime, Holden’s collectively titled Nature Notes for 1906 was posthumously published in 1977 as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Millions of copies of the vibrantly illustrated book now reside on shelves around the world.
Originally intended as a guide for her art students, the book is filled with observations and drawings of British Midlands flora and fauna. Dragonflies, wildflowers, birds, and even poetry grace the pages of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Holden studied art as a youth, and her oil paintings did make their way into various exhibitions. Like Potter, Holden made her way in the art world as an illustrator of children’s books and magazines for a time, too.
Life and death centered around nature for Holden, who drowned while attempting to gather plant life off the Thames River. More than a century later, her talent persists through text.