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Wild Love

Kiera Lindsey



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Allen & Unwin
31 October 2023
Colonial lasses were expected to marry at sixteen, but she wanted to be an artist, not a wife, and she had big ambitions. She wanted to train with the best painters of her day in Europe, to elevate her sex, and to adorn her home town of Sydney with republican frescoes.

Adelaide Ironside was the granddaughter of a convict forger, and the first locally born female professional painter to leave the colonies to train abroad. She astonished the poet Robert Browning with her 'enthusiasm and wild ways', was mentored by John Ruskin, sold her work to the Prince of Wales and won accolades in Rome and London as well as Paris and Sydney. Yet today she is largely forgotten.

In this compelling biography, historian Kiera Lindsey recreates Adelaide's life and her relationship with her mother, Martha, who was her greatest supporter but who also hindered her from fully realising her ambitions. She reveals how romantic mysticism infused Adelaide's life and work, and how the rebellious ideas of the Pre-Raphaelites changed the course of Adelaide's art and career.

'An enchanting story of a brilliant young woman who lived, and died, for her art.' -Sue Williams, author of Elizabeth and Elizabeth

'Meticulously researched, imaginatively written and lavishly illustrated, Wild Love reconstructs with breathtaking vividness the passionate life of Adelaide Ironside and the rapidly changing world of which she was a part.' - Professor Kevin A. Morrison, editor of Global Nineteenth-Century Studies

'This delightful book recounts the surprising experiences of women across generations, traversing the streets of colonial Sydney to the artistic salons of Rome in the pursuit of creative freedoms.' - Professor Kate Darian-Smith, University of Tasmania

'This bold work of imagination and research is as startling as the wild paintings that made Ironside famous.' - William Pooley, University of Bristol
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   539g
ISBN:   9781760296759
ISBN 10:   1760296759
Pages:   464
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Explanatory NotePART 1 1 I am Aesi 2 The Crossing 3 Bristly; A Beginning 4 A Very Georgian Match 5 That First Luminous Moment 6 Purple Parson-in-the-Pulpit 7 The Rising Generation 8 Dapper Dan 9 The Waiting Heart PART 2 10 Fiery Reckonings 11 The Phoenix Stirs 12 Petitions, Parasols and Parade Grounds 13 A Peep into Futurity 14 The Stunner at the Soiree 15 The Sword and the Stone 16 Tricolour 17 The Courage to Cope 18 Seen from Afar PART 3 19 Cold Beds and Hot Potatoes 20 The Like-Minded 21 Violatio 22 The Roses of Heliogabalus 23 A Vigorous Climber 24 Dandy Lion; Or the Prince and the Pilgrim 25 Uprisings 26 Quite Blooming 27 A Thorny Crown 28 Still Achieving; Still Pursuing 29 Deep Retreats 30 Sighing for Australia Epilogue Online Sources Index Notes Glossary Bibliography

Kiera Lindsey is History Advocate at the History Trust of South Australia and the author of The Convict's Daughter. She also appeared in the History Channel program Lawless.

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