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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-04 12:44
Subject: Ah, so that was her name.
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Tags:books, genealogy
If artistic ability was particularly linked to genetics, I should be fairly talented — my mother remembers being dandled on the knee of her 'Uncle William', better known to the world in general as Sir William Walton, the composer. And on my father's side, it was Great Aunt Helen who was the literary one. I was taken to see her when I was quite young, but she died sometime in the late 1960s.

The problem was, I've never been able to find a likely 'Helen Beauclaire' via Google or any other search engine, so I was beginning to think she was a bit of a myth. But last night, I struck gold.

It turns out that her surname was not Beauclaire, but Beauclerk — a homonym, but not one that Google is going to notice. And Googling on Helen Beauclerk worked: various online booksellers have her books. It may help that she was the translator of some of Colette's work into English, and that she was married .. well, OK, not legally married, but effectively so ... to the artist Edmund Dulac, who illustrated some of her work.

Oh, and she's mentioned in the Encyclopaedia of Fantasy, apparently.
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User: kelvix
Date: 2006-09-04 22:22 (UTC)
Subject: Dulac
I have some books illustrated by him! 3, I think. I love the colours
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-04 23:49 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Dulac
Dulac, Rackham, Heath Robinson (not in weird machine mode). Those three can be quite difficult to tell apart on occasion, though Dulac's women all tend to look the same.

(Quite possibly like my GA, if family legend is anything to go by.)

The National Portrait Gallery has a few picures of her, taged 46.
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