The North American British Music Studies Association

The North American British Music Studies Association

Blog: “Gladstone’s Daughter: Living Liberalism” by Phyllis Weliver

“Gladstone’s Daughter: Living Liberalism”, a blog by Phyllis Weliver in coordination with Gladstone’s Library in Wales, explores a living liberalism through the details of Victorian family life. With a rich visual component, the blog posts transcriptions and annotations of the unpublished life writings of Mary Gladstone Drew, the middle daughter of British Prime Minister Gladstone, a notable pianist, an unparalleled musical diarist, and the only woman among the PM’s private secretariat. Musical elements will feature soon. Blog postings occur every third Thursday and comments remain open for a fortnight.

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Mary Gladstone, one of two ‘Angel Musicians’, Church of St Deiniol. Design by Edward Coley Burne-Jones, executed by Morris & Co., 1911. Photo by Phyllis Weliver.