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88 MADAME HENRIETTE BROWlsf.
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and three smaller ones , viz ., "A Sister of Charity , " " The Toilette , " and " The Dispensary" all of which are in England .
On the first exhibition , of her works in 1855 , the young artist had received the gold medal of the third class : in 1857 , though
her progress was clearly visible in the greater breadth of her conhad sa cep y tions , greeted awarded , and the the her greater only a ance sureness duplicate of her of of her fir the touch st third productions , the -class jury medal . , strange That which yet to
farther progress had appear been made "by the artist during the two following was made abundantly evident by the pictures
exhibited by years her in , 1859 , yet the jury , apparently under the impression that talent , when lodged in the head and hand of an individual
of the gentler sex , is to be judged by some other rule than that which guides their appreciation of corresponding gifts when
disp of layed the hi by her their honor brethren which , awarded would have her been for the awarded third time to the —instead author
of the same g works , had they been produced by a man—a triplicate of the same third-class medal !
The injustice of a mode of judgment which thus persists in ignoring the fact of higher attainment when shown by a female artist ,
and which , in like manner , refused to Hosa Bonheur the Cross of the Legion of Honorthathad she been a manwould _necessarily ,
, , , and in virtue of the express provisions of the tariff which here regulates the award of honors in . the case of male artists , have been
awarded to the author of " The Horse-Fair , " is so evident that comment "would be superfluous .
Madame Henriette Brown is still somewhat under thirty years of age . In person she is small , and rather below middle height . She
has a broad , low forehead , remarkably round and full at its base , a fresh complexion , _Tbrown hair worn in plain bands drawn a little
back from the face , reflective-looking grey eyes that seem unconsciously to make a study of everything that comes before them ,
regular and pleasing features whose usual expression is one of quiet thoughtfulness and kindlinessbut which light up very agreeably
when Unaffectedl she speaks y modest , and a . and smile simp of , le much in all sweetness things , and and regardin animation g . the
domestic circle almost too exclusively as the peculiar sphere of woman's action , Madame Henriette Brown is especially noticeable for
the utter absence of all pretension ; never voluntarily alluding to her own nor in _anyway affecting to regard herself as a person
powers , of superior merit . Uniting great soundness and calmness of judgment , self-command , and firmness of purpose , with unusual simplicity ,
conscientiousness , and kindness ; a devoted wife and daughter , an admirable housekeeper , busy as a bee from morning till night , and
finding time not only for her art , and for all manner of work besides , but also for readingwalkingand visiting ; and exceedingly
serviceable and affectionate , to all about , her , she is both highly esteemed ,
and warmly beloved by a large circle of friends .
88 Madame Henriette Browlsf.
88 MADAME HENRIETTE _BROWlsf .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), April 1, 1860, page 88, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01041860/page/16/