I am reading a book that Alison recently shared with me. If you are interested in the Armitt and Mason's relationship to the museum or who her peers were and how they worked together, you will like this book, too. Here is an interesting tidbit about Madam Shimoda from Japan - someone I had heard about but never understood what her relationship to Mason was.
|Utako Shimoda 1854-1936|
Charlotte Mason had earlier lectured throughout the country, as well as corresponding for years with most of the leading educationalists, and so had become well known. But just how well known is perhaps best illustrated by the surprising visit in 1895 to her House of Education at Scale How, Ambleside, of Madam Shimoda from Japan. At a time when Japan tended to regard Britain with suspicion, this delightful aristocratic lady had not only been sent by the Japanese emperor to study methods of education in Europe and America, but had Charlotte Mason's establishment on her itinerary. A document recently received by the Armitt Trust from the archives of the Imperial Household of Japan shows that Madam Shimoda was in London in 1894, and under the patronage of the Duchess of Portland had been welcomed into London society. She was even presented to Queen Victoria, and her visit reported in The Times. She then stayed some time in Ambleside, and instructed the students in brush drawing and paper cutting and folding. According to Miss Kitching of Scale How, she was a court poetess and belonged to the emperor's private circle. In the evenings she wore court dress, a beautiful kimono of special design with the emperor's private signet, and her dainty appearance was much admired. Eventually she returned to the Imperial Household to start a school of 'peeresses'. - From A Victorian Naturalist Beatrix Potter's Drawings from the Armitt Collection, p. 23-24
Obviously, the emphasis in the book is on Beatrix Potter, but while you are enjoying her wonderful artwork and marveling at her scientific work, you will also read about dozens of other important figures of the time that were associated with the Armitt and the Lake District. Be sure to check out The Armitt - very cool website!
From joy to joy,