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Jennyford

I'm posting this on behalf of the owner of the object pictured below, a plaquette presented by the Union des Femmes de France to Louisa Garrett Anderson in recognition of her work in France in 1914-15. It was made by Henri Dubois, a well known art nouveau sculptor, and it appears that the design was one of Dubois’ off-the-shelf range, customised for the UFF. The owner would like to know whether anyone has ever seen a presentation plaquette or anything like this from the UFF? Any thoughts?

Jennian

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ForeignGong

Hi Can't help with your question but this may be of assistance

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Jennyford

Thanks, sorry didn't make myself clear: I know about Louisa Garrett Anderson and her wartime exploits, but have never seen a plaquette like this before. If she received one I would am sure that a second plaquette would have been given to her colleague Dr Flora Murray, co-founder of the Women's Hospital Corps. I was wondering if anyone on the forum would know whether the UFF gave similar thank-you presents to anyone else.

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DavidOwen

A quick search of the newspapers on FMP (British and US) didn't find any relevant articles.

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Jennyford

Thanks. I probably should try the French newspapers..

 

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seaJane

@Jennyford, have you seen the new book on Louisa and the Endell Street Hospital (Endell Street by Wendy Moore)? I don't know if that might have any information.

 

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Thanks, yes - Wendy hasn't seen this before either: she and I agreed I would seek help from forum members.

 

 

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NigelS
3 hours ago, seaJane said:

@Jennyford, have you seen the new book on Louisa and the Endell Street Hospital (Endell Street by Wendy Moore)? I don't know if that might have any information.

 

sJ

 

Endell Street is currently being read daily by Jessica Raine as Radio 4's Book of the Week  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jmpp & is available for 'catch up' on BBC Sounds. Well worth a listen.

 

8 hours ago, Jennyford said:

I'm posting this on behalf of the owner of the object pictured below, a plaquette presented by the Union des Femmes de France to Louisa Garrett Anderson in recognition of her work in France in 1914-15. It was made by Henri Dubois, a well known art nouveau sculptor, and it appears that the design was one of Dubois’ off-the-shelf range, customised for the UFF. The owner would like to know whether anyone has ever seen a presentation plaquette or anything like this from the UFF? Any thoughts?

Jennian

 

 

Today's episode (2nd June),  mentioned that Anderson, Murray and other women who worked at the hospital at Wimereux  received the 'Mons' Star, and that a special medal was also issued; Google found these images  which fits the bill for the latter and which I notice Jennian is using as her 'Avatar'  

https://images.app.goo.gl/yi4hh5vJTAgmH3keA  https://images.app.goo.gl/uh6UAoCqLCmcUb2r9 (these link to the web-pages - Woman and her Sphere - of Elizabeth Crawford which has some further notes on Anderson & Murray). This page  https://www.finemedals.com/artists/dubois-henri/  shows some of the works of Henry Dubois and includes a version of the Anderson plaquette without the engraving as well as as an UFF  'Croix Rouge Francais' medal which depicts a nursing scene which, if you're not already aware of them, might be of interest,  although it appears that these date back to 1890 so are not Great War related. 

 

NigelS

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