Isabella Blagden, however, did not limit her nursing care only to Lytton. But the most interesting discussion was certainly that of the Italian political question. Gli unici italiani con cui Blagden e gli angloamericani in genere venivano in contatto appartenevano a classi sociali basse: To have known her and to have had her as confidente today would be held among the most significant personalities of the nineteenth century was both the fortune and misfortune of Blagden.
In the course of Blagden shared Villa Brichieri-Colombi with Frances Power Cobbe, who illustrated in her autobiography the financial side of life at Bellosguardo. Tuttavia le date sulla sua tomba sono — Yet her personality remains that of a lively, strong, passionate woman faithful to the most precious gift, that of friendship.
A frequent visitor at Bellosguardo was also Walter Savage Landor, Blagden being one the people closest to him duirng the last years of his life. The writer left neither autobiography nor diary, and in even the autobiographical works of her most intimate friends there is no information on the period before Cobbe was not the only person with whom Blagden had shared her apartment, sharing expenses with another woman was a true and proper custom for the writer.
Even her portrait is indistinct. Durante il loro periodo italiano, soggiornavano di preferenza a Roma e quando visitavano il capoluogo toscano venivano accolte da Isa Blagden.
One can ask whether Isa Blagden, unmarried woman living alone or sharing her villa at times with other unmarried women, would have been equally remembered and praised by all if she had welcomed guests in some English Victorian salon instead of on the terrace of the Villa Brichieri-Colombi.
Though the dates on her tomb are Arriving in Italy at the beginning of accompagnied by her Sanford aunt and uncle. Italy, with its problems of unity, was a central argument in their discussions, but the Italians who were admitted to participate in these gatherings were very few.
Lilian Whiting4 afferma che essa era la figlia di un gentiluomo inglese e una principessa Hindu. Le origini di Blagden dovevano essere ignote anche a molti se non tutti suoi amici.
The travels which meant long stays gave the opportunity to assume manners and roles that at home would have been forbidden or impossible. The building, thanks to the presence of these great artists became one of the meeting places in Rome most frequented by the Anglo-Americans. Field, who later become a journalist of great talent and fame, was then a young woman of 20, happy to realize her dream: The sensation remains that English society in Italy presented itself as a closed circle, in which was created a reality close to that of the motherland, which it believed had been left behind.
Tre sono le ville di Bellosguardo maggiormente associate con Blagden: Sometimes the hospitality came to be reciprocated and the writer would come to the Rome of her three friends.
Dopo un breve periodo trascorso a Roma, Field giunse a Firenze.
During the years from to Isabella Blagden principally dedicated her time and energy to social life. From toin fact, Blagden shared her apartment with Annette Bracken, a young Englishwoman of This was the period in which the writer lived at Villa Brichieri-Colombi, the dwelling which became the meeting place par excellence.
Blagden established a great friendship with this woman whose death, which came about inleft her very sad. Bulwer Lytton Owen Meredith, the poetthe patient hostess of the old eccentric Walter Savage Landorand an attentive observer of the Tuscan society of her times.
Shared living gave place to an affection that did not override national superiority or class. At the beginning ofwhen she met them they were sharing from a few days before a house at number 38, Via Gregoriana.
One of the reasons why she lived for so long at Bellosguardo is precisely because of the relative economy of the place in comparision with other parts of Florence. As already said, from the economic point of view the writer had not a few problems: Correva voce che le scorresse nelle vene sangue indiano.
For example, in September Blagden was invited by the Brownings who were spending some months in the Sienese countryside and she went there with her young friend.
Cobbe also mentions Linda White, the writer, author among other books of Tuscan Hills and Venetian Waters, who later married the historican Pasquale Villari. About this, Austin tells us that nothing made Blagden so content as to host her friends in her villa, but her benevolence was so great that often she committed the error of mixing water and fire.
Dai resoconti che di lei hanno lasciato i suoi contemporanei traspare una donna intelligente e dalla vasta cultura, in grado di affrontare conversazioni su argomenti disparati. Bracken aveva a sua completa disposizione una camera e un salotto di villa Brichieri-Colombi, e pagava anche una quota per la carrozza.aaa Isa Blagden, portrait owned by Lilian Whiting, reproduced in Jeanette Marks.
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