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Anna Lloyd
Dates: British, 1837 - 1925
Biographical Account:

Anna Lloyd was from a wealthy and philanthropic Quaker family. She had a privileged upbringing and studied at the Hitchin based College for Women, which employed professors from Cambridge University to provide advanced education for its students. Her wealth meant that she could travel, and she spent long periods of her life in Italy. In England though she devoted herself to philanthropic work, setting up an infant school in the grounds of her home, and taking an active interest in hospitals, animal welfare and reform in workhouses.


Lloyd became friends with John Ruskin though a mutual friend, Ruskin’s neighbour Susan Beever, and via an introduction from Ruskin, became a close friend of the artist Francesca Alexander. Ruskin taught Lloyd to paint in watercolour and through letters discussed their thoughts on social reform.


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