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A Mother's Gifts: To my daughters Mirielle and Rita



About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237- 51-9

  • Published 2021

  • RRP £18.00

  • 162 pages

  • Illustrated with 81 original colour paintings and black & whtie drawings
  • Translated from the French by Sue Nicholson

  • Cover illustration: Julia painted by her husband, Swiss artist Eugene Burnand, 1892

Also by Jocelyn Campbell:

The Flowers of Swaledale


From original poems, letters, drawings and paintings lovingly kept by Julia’s granddaughter, Jocelyn Campbell and her family. An inspirational story of life in a family of artists working in Europe through peace and war.

About the Book:
For the past 70 or 80 years my grandmother, Julia Girardet Burnand, who died before I was born, has always been a presence in my life. Loving recollections related by my mother and her twin sister (both of whom married Englishmen), and the many drawings and paintings in our homes have always given me an affection for this beautiful and talented woman…
This is not a biography of Julia’s life. However, mention of her extraordinary family, from whom she inherited her artistic gifts is unavoidable.
The Girardet family originated in the Swiss town of Locle, historically an area disputed between France, Prussia and Switzerland. This resulted in some of the family settling in France. Julia’s family lived in Versailles and Paris, and it is there that, as students, her future husband, Eugene Burnand, met up with her brothers and family…
The family moved constantly between Paris, the Midi, Assisi and Florence, returning each summer to the Burnand family home in Switzerland for two months.…
Eugene became increasingly well known. He painted many religious subjects, illustrated the Parables, as well as large dramatic Swiss landscapes, and many animals and portraits. He illustrated the work of George Sand, Frederic Mistral, Alphonse Daudet and others.
His last work was the completion of a hundred and four portraits of men and women serving with the Allied forces during the First World War. These have been exhibited ever since in the Museum of the Legion of Honour in Paris. Jocelyn M. Campbell, July 2021

Better pitiful verses, than unspoken love,
To put all your merits into verse would be tedious,
And what parent doesn’t find their daughter
Charming, perfect? It might be better
When one is writing just for her, to tell her
The simple truth! You know I love you with all my heart?

Montpellier, Winter 1918






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