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In John Henry Lorimer’s portrait of Sarah Elizabeth Siddons Mair, there are several references to her varied interests and attainments, including chess and archery. During her lifetime of 94 years she was at the heart of the pioneering movements in Edinburgh to achieve the education, enfranchisement and freedom of women. A woman of intelligence and determination, she faced challenges with ‘a warm graciousness’ and ‘without an inch of red tape about her’. For this in-person talk, Dr Sandra Marwick will discuss elements of the life of Sarah Elizabeth Siddons Mair. Sandra is a former member of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries’ staff. She now researches and writes about Edinburgh people.

Never too late to learn: The inspiring life of Dame Sarah Elizabeth Siddons Mair

John Henry Lorimer, Flight of the Swallows, oil on canvas, 1906. Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, City Art Centre

Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936)

Sat 6 Nov 2021 to Sun 20 Mar 2022 ★★★★★ The Scotsman This, the first retrospective of his work, will explore Lorimer’s art through five key themes: light, identity, family, femininity... More info