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Victorian Vocations

Frank Kermode, 6 December 1984

Frederic Harrison: The Vocations of a Positivist 
by Martha Vogeler.
Oxford, 493 pp., £27.50, September 1984, 0 19 824733 8
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Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian 
by Noël Annan.
Weidenfeld, 432 pp., £16.50, September 1984, 0 297 78369 6
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... coaching the boat, being a don. His real work lay elsewhere. So, indeed, did Harrison’s. Ms Vogeler’s biography is the first, and it is hard to imagine a reason for its not being the last. It is full of detail and documentation and it is very well written. Whereas Annan’s Stephen is at once censorious and intimate, very much at ease with a figure ...

The Artist as Fruit

Mary Ann Caws: Paula Modersohn-Becker, 8 August 2013

Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist 
by Diane Radycki.
Yale, 246 pp., £40, 0 300 18530 8
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... and assembled frequently in the Barkenhoff, the house among the birches belonging to Heinrich Vogeler (another former Düsseldorf student) and his wife and former model, Martha Schröder. Another young female artist who visited the village was my grandmother Margaret Walthour Lippitt. She had attended the Académie ...

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