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Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith, 1827 - 1891 (nee Smith, artist and women's activist)



  • Existence: 1827 - 1891

Dates and places

Born Sussex 1830. Died Sussex 1891.

Geographical areas

Family homes in Sussex, London and Hastings and, after marriage, spent six months of the year in Algiers. Also spent a year in America 1857-1858.

Legal status / Nationality


Sphere of activity

Landscape painter; educationalist; active supporter for the campaigns for women's rights, education, legal status and education.

Admin / Family structure

Married Dr Eugene Bodichon 1857.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Personal Papers of Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, 1801 - 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Bodichon
Scope and Contents The papers of Madame Bodichon are dispersed. A number are held at Girton, having reached the College as gifts, mainly from the Leigh Smith family, and by purchase. The bulk of the papers at Girton consists of letters from Emily Davies to Bodichon for the period 1865-1887. Early letters relate, on the whole, to the activities of the Langham Place Circle, the English Woman’s Journal, and the Kensington Society, later letters to the foundation and day-to-day organisation of Girton College....
Dates: 1801 - 2000
Conditions Governing Access: Access is open to bona fide scholars by appointment only.

Personal Papers of Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1654 - 2006

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Parkes
Scope and Contents The papers have been acquired by Girton College in several deposits. The original batch was arranged and listed in 1985 and consists of personal writings, diary fragments, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and unpublished material for a biography of Bessie's early life. Additional papers donated in 2013 were arranged and listed in 2014: these comprise chiefly papers of and relating to Louise Swanton Belloc and family. Correspondence forms a large percentage of the archive (perhaps about...
Dates: 1654 - 2006