Nelly's life actually reminded me of a few other of my favourite Victorian artists, and it was interesting to see how her life and experiences differed and where her life took her, for better and worse.
Her father was an ambitious Scandinavian named Hermann Gustav Ericksen who came over from Denmark in 1848. He settled in Newcastle Upon Tyne, in Byker (home of the lovely Grove). As a motivated and talented young man, he was soon involved in the new business of telegraph and was involved in the laying of cables between Northumberland and Denmark. In 1854 he married Ane (or Anna as she was known) who was from the wealthy Danish 'Suhr' family. Their family swiftly grew...
|The Ericksen family, with Nelly sat next to her mother on the bench|
|Golden Hair (no date)|
|A Hard Day's Labour (no date)|
|The Old Synagogue from The Story of Prague (1907) Count Lutzow|
|Going Home (no date)|
|The Magic Crystal (no date)|
|The Orchard (no date)|
This is a charming book, full of detail and interest. Nelly's story is fascinating and typical in part of many of the young women of her age, educated and independent, in a fast-changing world. She was not only a thoroughly modern woman, but responsible for some interesting images of these bright and brave young ladies, taking on the expectations of society and achieving so much.
Nelly Erichsen, A Hidden Life by Sarah Harkness is available now from Encanta Publishing, from Amazon (UK) and selected bookshops.