Bee Rowlatt takes to the whirligig of life of Mary Wollstonecraft so called mother of feminism whose portrait will be on display at the exhibition. This woman stood at the origins of the feminist movement and became the author of the first manifest Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).
Through the history of Mary Wollstonecraft’s portrait, we will trace the history of woman’s portrait in art. In her lecture, Bee Rowlett raises an interesting question: why out of 49 portraits displayed at the exhibition, do only nine depict women, the majority of whom are either queens or courtesans, and the only exception is the portrait of Elizabeth Barrett Browning – a rebellious poet of the Victorian epoch. During the lecture you will learn the hidden meaning behind the famous lines of her sonnet №43: “How do I love thee, let me count the ways!”
The lecture took place on 12 May 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".
Bee Rowlatt is an author and journalist. Her last book, In Search of Mary inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft and featured in the Independent’s Best Biographies of 2015, on BBC Woman’s Hour and on ITV News. For over two decades Bee has worked at the BBC World Service, and has written for The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mail, and Grazia. She became co-author of the best-selling Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad. Bee is now chairing a campaign for a memorial statue of Mary Wollstonecraft, and is currently based in New Delhi.