What an amazing woman Mrs Beeton was, I had no idea she was so young when she died. She achieved so much in her short life, a truly inspirational and remarkable woman. My image of her has always been of an elderly, prim & proper lady, with grey hair, glasses and an apron permanently attached to her small frame. The small frame may have been appropriate, but the elderly woman couldn’t have been further from the truth. She died at 28, had 4 children, two of whom died as infants and a husband who potentially slept around before they met and gave her syphilis. She was never acknowledged for her tremendous contributions to domesticity, her gravestone being shared with her husband and he no recognition of her talents, only his. The sad inequality of her time.
While watching the BBC programme, (hosted by Sophie Dahl, who was the perfect choice for such a programme) with my daughter we were both rather amused to see a piece of graphics that looked very familiar. Not dissimilar to my own drawing, it was rather surprising to see how something that was potentially drawn many years ago could be so similar to another piece of work produced in the last 5 yrs. See for yourself, it’s not identical obviously, but I think there is a definite similarity. What do you think?
Right, I’m off to make Apple Soup & Trifle…