Maria Callcott

Standard Name: Callcott, Maria
Birth Name: Maria Dundas
Married Name: Maria Graham
Married Name: Maria Callcott
Titled: Maria, Lady Callcott
Used Form: Maria Graham (later Lady Callcott)
Used Form: Mrs Callcott
Used Form: Mrs Maria Graham
MC 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.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Education Evelyn Sharp
ES received her first education at home, from her sisters Ethel, Bertha, and Mabel (the eldest), who taught the younger ones Bible stories on Sundays. At the same time she imbibed from her brothers the...
Family and Intimate relationships Lady Mary Walker
Her illegitimate grand-daughter Mary was taken back after LMW 's death by her father, Ugo Foscolo , who had settled in London, where he had arrived on 11 September 1816. Mary brought him the...
Friends, Associates Mary Russell Mitford
She knew most of the literary women of her day, including Felicia Hemans (who wrote to ask her for an autograph),
L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, editor. The Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford as Recorded in Letters from Her Literary Correspondents. Hurst and Blackett.
1: 173-4
Jane Porter , Amelia Opie (that warm-hearted person),
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. Editor L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, Harper and Brothers.
2: 213
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Russell Mitford
MRM said her work was modelled not on the tragedy by Catharine Trotter (later Cockburn)—in which Trotter in turn had drawn on a story by Aphra Behn —but on an old Portuguese chronicle
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. Editor L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, Harper and Brothers.
2: 68
Literary responses Jane Austen
JA 's early admirers among her fellow women writers constituted a small, select band. They included Sarah Harriet Burney , Anne Grant , Mary Ann Kelty , Maria Callcott , Maria Jane Jewsbury , Harriet Martineau
Occupation Emma Marshall
Even after she had become a published author, EM continued to educate her young children herself. She enjoyed taking them throughMaria Callcott 's Little Arthur's History of England and teaching them to know by...
Publishing Anna Letitia Barbauld
In these books for the very young (first of all for her nephew and adoptive son), Barbauld tried to hit their level of comprehension and interest.
McCarthy, William. “The Celebrated Academy at Palgrave: A Documentary History of Anna Letitia Barbauld’s School”. The Age of Johnson, edited by Paul J. Korshin, Vol.
, pp. 279-92.
The series became phenomenally popular, with eleven editions...
Textual Production Cicely Hamilton
Between 1931 and 1939, CH published a series of travel books, which includes works on France, 1933, Russia, 1934, Austria, 1935, Ireland, 1936, Scotland, 1937, England, 1938, and Sweden...
Textual Production Charlotte Grace O'Brien
Someone named Charlotte O'Brien began publishing in 1855 (when CGOB was probably not yet ten) a series of little books for children, mostly now rare. After the first, The Coral Necklace, came A Simple...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Ketaki Kushari Dyson
She considers a wide range of journalists and memoirists, particularly the lesser-known writers, embarking on a recuperative effort. Her purpose in illuminating the literary, historical, and sociological significance of the journals and memoirs was to...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sarah Josepha Hale
SJH does in the main a fine job in her coverage of British women writers, having something to say even about the extremely obscure. Dorothea Primrose Campbell , for instance (who was living in poverty...


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Callcott, Maria. A Description of the Chapel of the Annunziata dell’Arena. Printed for the author by T. Brettell, 1835.
Callcott, Maria. A Letter to the President and Members of the Geological Society. Printed by T. Brettell, 1834.
Callcott, Maria. A Short History of Spain. J. Murray, 1828.
Callcott, Maria. Antecipação de Pernambuco no movimento da independência, testemunho de uma inglesa. Translator Valente, Waldemar, Instituto Joaquim Nabuco de Pesquisas Sociais, 1974.
Callcott, Maria. Essays towards the History of Painting. E. Moxon, 1836.
Callcott, Maria, and William Shakespeare. “Introduction”. The Seven Ages of Shakspeare, edited by J. Martin and J. Martin, J. Van Voorst, 1840.
Callcott, Maria. “Introduction”. The Captain’s Wife, edited by Elizabeth Mavor, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993, p. xi - xiv.
Callcott, Maria. Journal of a Residence in Chile. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824.
Callcott, Maria. Journal of a Residence in India. A. Constable, 1812.
Callcott, Maria. Journal of a Voyage to Brazil. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824.
Callcott, Maria. Journal of a Voyage to Brazil. Cambridge University Press, 2010,
Lawrence, C. E., and Maria Callcott. “Lady Callcott and Her Book”. Little Arthur’s History of England, Century Edition, J. Murray, 1936, p. xiii - xx.
Callcott, Maria. Letters on India. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; A. Constable, 1814.
Callcott, Maria. Little Arthur’s History of England. J. Murray, 1835.
Callcott, Maria, and C. E. Lawrence. Little Arthur’s History of England. J. Murray, 1936.
Callcott, Maria. Little Arthur’s History of England. Editor Lawrence, C. E., J. Murray, 1975.
Callcott, Maria. The Captain’s Wife. Editor Mavor, Elizabeth, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1993.
Callcott, Maria. Three Months Passed in the Mountains East of Rome. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1820.
Callcott, Maria, and George Anson, seventh Baron Byron, editors. Voyage of H. M. S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. J. Murray, 1826.