Women’s History Month – Dame Elizabeth Simcoe – A Creative Genius in Devon

A Zoom talk about Elizabeth Simcoe for Women’s History Month by Jo Talbot Bowen.

This is a talk exploring Dame Elizabeth Simcoe’s very rich creativity influences and outputs with a main focus on the beautiful landscapes of Devon. There will be original perspectives on Simcoe family trips to the summer residence in Budleigh Salterton, the speaker’s current home. The nature of Elizabeth Simcoe’s distinct creativity is analysed in the context of her ground breaking life as a woman artist and her early 19th century times.

Dame Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe (22 September 1762 – 17 January 1850) was an English artist and diarist who lived in Canada and Devon. Elizabeth was raised in Honiton, Devon and later inherited a vast estate near Honiton, where the family constructed their family home, Wolford Lodge.

Jo Talbot Bowen grew up in Devon and now lives in East Devon in Simcoe House. She is a retired London psychiatrist. She has a special interest in women’s health, philosophy and creativity and has published in related fields.

Jo has been researching the Simcoe family history since moving into their old summer house in Budleigh Salterton in 2017 . She also also has an established fine art practice as a painter and printmaker.


Elizabeth Simcoe

Free to DHS members, £4.00 to non-members.

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