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Maria Callcott did much of her early-nineteenth-century writing and publication under her first married name of Maria Graham. She is important both as a travel writer and as an art historian. Her writing of Europe and more distant countries is intelligent and enquiring (particularly into issues of race, class, and gender ignored by most of her contemporaries), polished, vividly descriptive, and reflective of an age of revolutions. She combines an 'enlightenment' interest in non-European cultures and civilizations with attention to the conditions of women and of the oppressed. The same qualities inform her writings about art and history, including those for children. She also published scientific writing. She was successful in terms of sales, but curiously unacceptable, even from early in her career, to reviewers. Her Little Arthur's History of England sold prodigiously and became a household name.
19 July 1785 Maria Dundas (later MC) was born at Papcastle near Cockermouth in Cumberland. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 19 July 1834 MC's A Letter to the President and Members of the Geological Society re-stated arguments she had already put forward in a periodical paper against the theories of G. B. Greenough. Bibliographic Citation link.
By February 1835 MC privately printed A Description of the Chapel of the Annunziata dell'Arena; or, Giotto's Chapel, in Padua: the earliest work on Giotto in English. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 20 July 1835 MC published her phenomenally successful Little Arthur's History of England. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 November 1842 In the year of her death MC published her final book, A Scripture Herbal. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 November 1842 MC died in Kensington; she had consumption (tuberculosis), and had been increasingly an invalid since 1831. Bibliographic Citation link.
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