By Rebecca Rogers
The portrait of this outstanding lady finds the function of ladies and women within the imperial tasks of the time and sheds gentle on why they've got disappeared from the ancient list for the reason that then.
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16 The difference in national traditions of biographical writing is particularly striking in the field of education. 17 In France, infant school educators, notably Marie Pape Carpantier and Pauline Kergomard, have attracted academic interest, but the women teachers who founded schools and campaigned for access to more serious education remain very much in the shadows. 19 French students all recognize the name of Jules Ferry, who instituted free, obligatory, and secular primary education; but virtually none has heard of Madame Jules Favre, who trained the first generations of female secondary school professors.
I cannot claim I really know a great deal more about the objects than what I knew coming into the museum, but there is something about actually seeing and touching them that changes my appreciation. And then, thoroughly frozen, I go off to the print and drawing study room to see if I can view a watercolor by Barbara Bodichon, A Landscape near Algiers. Alas, I arrived too late, but the exceedingly helpful young woman at the desk sends me an e-mail image, and takes the time to print out two color images of the landscape that add delicate pastel touches to my vision of colonial Algiers.
The town offered a far greater variety of employment possibilities than Bléré, which had less than half the population. No sources beyond the tales of his wife conjure up a portrait of the elusive Alexandre Allix. Clearly, he was a relatively educated man, but without the commitment to teaching that Eugénie would demonstrate throughout her life. By 1836, having been abandoned by his wife, he was no longer a teacher, but rather a clerk in Vendôme, his home throughout the 1830s. Five years later, however, the population census reveals he was living and working in Compiègne, 85 kilometers north of Paris.
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria by Rebecca Rogers