Growing up, Edith showed particular aptitude throughout her education in the areas of sketching, painting, and knowledge of nature and at the age of 13, she was enrolled at the Birmingham School of Art where, after her first year, she passed the exams and achieved an ‘Excellent’ grade for her freehand drawing.
During this year the noted Victorian artist Edward Burne-Jones visited the school and provided Edith with further inspiration to be an artist and instilled in her a lifelong interest in the Arts and Crafts movement. Around this time Edith began to concentrate on nature drawing and painting and she explored the countryside surrounding her home to gather samples for study.
This Gallery showcases the beautiful artwork of Edith Holden from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and Nature Notes (which is a precursor to The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady). The popularity of these books quickly led to the development of a merchandise licensing program based on Edith’s illustrations.
Click each category to see the individual artwork. See Our Licensing Page for Information.