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In the nineteenth century the Mother Foundress of the Community of the Holy Family, Agnes Mason, C.H.F., had visited Florence and bought a great number of sepia photographs, stuffing a dark portfolio full of them. She dreamed of our Community, while sitting in an olive tree in Settignano, as a teaching order for women of girls in England and abroad, educating them to the highest standards, emphasizing beauty. She was then living in Red Lion Square, famous for its Pre-Raphaelite Brethren. Later, her beginning Community purchased a building on Cromwell Road, starting their first school. Sister Lucy Knox, C.H.F., an Earl's daughter, carefully placed these sepia photographs into slots in brown parcel paper, good strong paper with no acid and perfect for their preservation, so that these could be used in teaching. Many of these brown sheets have her name and their address and stamps with the head of the king and one even has red sealing wax.

Later, Mother Agnes Mason purchased Holmhurst St Mary in Sussex, a large beautiful rambling country house built by Augustus Hare out of the proceeds of his travel books, including one on Florence. He built an Italian Renaissance terrace in front of the house looking out to the Channel, a great room the Sisters called 'Utopia' with William Morris wallpaper and a carved Carrara marble fireplace, its design taken from the carved marble in the painting in Santa Maria Novella shown here, another great room the Sisters called 'Arcadia' filled with carved wood panelling. I went to school here from 1943 to 1953, then returned to be a Sister. But the Bishop wanted our endowment, and we were forced out, first burning many papers, among them - almost - this portfolio.

I organize these sepia photographs, which are on the thinnest paper, according to the ordering in Augustus Hare's Florence. I surround them with similar dark brown frames as are the wrapping papers in which they are placed. Usually I remove the corners by cloning, for they cannot be photographed when not in their brown paper slots, but in some cases I leave them untouched. I have now made a new portfolio for them bound with Florentine printed paper, using my convent's book-binding press I now have here in Florence, though I have preserved the original tattered one as well. The red numbers correspond to those in the map at Florencemap.

4147 Firenze Panorama dal Piazzale Michelangelo

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Firenze - Veduta dei Ponti Vecchio, S. Trinita, della Carraia e di Ferro alle Cascine

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1343 Firenze Ponte Vecchio

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I. Santa Trinità 16 to Santa Croce 26

Firenze. Chiesa di S. Trinita. Monumento al Vescovo Benozzo Federighi. (Luca della Robbia, 1456.)
Formerly in the church of SS. Francesco di Paola at the foot of Bellosguardo. See Hare, Florence.

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The Uffizi10 (here a separate file)

The Loggia dei Lanzi 9

4136 Firenze. Piazza della Signoria

On back of wrapping paper, 'Miss Knox, 79 West Cromwell Rd, SW, Prepaid per Carles Paterson, Date Sep 22 02, Paid'.

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Death of Savonarola

2782 Firenze. Museo di S. Marco. La Piazza della Signoria col supplizio di Savonarola: Ignoto del XVI secolo.

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Palazzo Vecchio 8

Comparing these two photographs one can see they are taken from the same place but at different times of the day judging from the clock on the tower, the shadows on the ground.

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3026. Firenze. Palazzo Vecchio (Arnolfo di Cambio)

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4412. Firenze. Palazzo Vecchio. Sala di Cosimo il Vecchio. Brunellescho e Ghiberti presentano a Cosimo il modello della chiesa di S. Lorenzo (G. Vasari).


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Casa di Dante 4

Firenze Casa di Dante

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The Badia 6

6398 Firenze (Badia). La Vergine che apparisce a S. Benedetto; Filippino Lippi.

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The Bargello 7

19 Bargello

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Information impossible to read

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7526 Firenze - Museo Nazionale - Ritratto di Dante Alighieri; affresco di Giotto

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No 3066 Firenze Palazzo Pretorio Dante Alighieri (Giotto).
Wrapping paper: 'Ticket No. 2184 Sister Lucy Knox, Schools of the Holy Family, 79 West Cromwell Rd. NW, Date 21/5/1912 Contents Books'

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Santa Croce 26

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3935. Firenze. Chiesa di S. Croce. S. Francesco promette al Sultano di passare innocuo fra le fiamme (Giotto)

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2941. Firenze. Ex-refettorio di S. Croce. S. FRancesco riceve le Stimate (Taddeo Gaddi?)

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3933. Firenze. Chiesa di S. Croce. S. Francesco morto, circondato dai suoi confratelli. (Giotto)

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2101. Firenze, Chiesa di Santa Croce. Monumento a Leonardo Bruni (B. Rosselino)

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2111. Firenze. Chiesa di S. Croce. Monumento a Carlo Marsuppini. (Desiderio da Settignano)

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Pazzi Chapel

1089. Firenze. Chiesa di S. Croce. Veduta del Chiostro. (Ed.ne Manelli & C.o)

A print, not a photograph

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Beata Umilta: Sguardo sulla Santa Umiltà: Contemplating on Holy Humility. In Italian and English. Julia Bolton Holloway. Trans. Fabrizio Vanni. Florence: Editoriale gli Arcipressi, 2004. Colour Plates of Pietro Lorenzetti's Altarpiece Panels. Pp. 32. Purchase from Julia Bolton Holloway. 10 euro/$10.


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Julian of Norwich, Showing of Love , definitive edition and translation, Firenze: SISMEL, 2001, available from SISMEL or from Julia Bolton Holloway.

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Julian of Norwich, Showing of Love, Westminster Text, translated into Modern English, set in William Morris typefont, hand bound with marbled paper end papers within vellum covers, in limited, signed edition. A similar version available in Italian translation. Can be accompanied by CD of a reading of the text. To order, click here.

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Saint Bride and Her Book: Birgitta of Sweden's Revelations. Translated from Latin and Middle English with Introduction, Notes and Interpretative Essay . Library of Medieval Women. Series Editor, Jane Chance. Boydell and Brewer , 2000. Revised, republished, third edition. xvi + 151 pp. ISBN 0-85991-589-1

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The Pilgrim and the Book: A Study of Dante, Langland and Chaucer (ISBN0-8204-2090-5); illustrated, indexed, third edition, available from Julia Bolton Holloway. $25, 25 euro.

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Julian Library CD, 1996/2003, available for general readers, contemplatives, scholars, and libraries for off-line reading, computer browsing (includes Umilta Website);

Julian Library Portfolio, booklets of essays in a hand-bound portfolio, either in Florentine printed paper, or our marbled paper, as shown below;

The City and the Book I, II, III, Florence, International Congresses, Proceedings, CD;

English Cemetery, Florence, CD;


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Florence in Sepia




Concentrating on Florence, this CD contains e-books, such as Augustus J.C. Hare's Florence, Susan and Joanna Horner's Walks in Florence, an album of nineteenth-century photographs of Italy purchased by the Mother Foundress of the Community of the Holy Family, illustrative materials on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, etc. It is a useful guide for scholars of medieval, Renaissance and Victorian Florence and for tourists to modern Florence.

© Julia Bolton Holloway , Biblioteca e Bottega Fioretta Mazzei, 2004.

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