The first work by Madeline Green that I saw was a little oil entitled
‘The Check Scarf’; since then I have been fascinated by Green’s paintings. Her work is stylish and distinctive, her figures expressive and brilliantly drawn. It is hoped that this excellent study will help to give Madeline Green’s work the wider recognition that it deserves.
Peter Rees, Director, 19th Century and British Impressionist Paintings, Bonhams
This fascinating study is full of social history – about the available Schools of Art in London for a young middleclass girl and the opportunities for a woman over 30 newly enfranchised after 1918; Green’s paintings themselves comment on social class, gender and choice of apparel and her life illustrates the precariousness of a professional artistic career pursued by a single woman with dedication and vigour. It also provides useful context for other better-known women artists, some of whom are mentioned in the text, and enlarges our understanding of all their lives in this period.
Carolyn Trant, artist and author, Voyaging Out: British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties
Bridget McConnel writing in the diary entry for March 2016 on the Thimble Society web site states:
“The book is excellent, well researched, presented with photos, drawings and old advertising catalogues. These delightful items were used to hitch up a woman’s long skirt to facilitate dancing and all sports. There is a huge variation of design and materials. Enjoy the spring with this delicious book as your companion when out hunting.”
Ross Fitzgerald, writing in Australian Literary Review (2.12.09) of the Australian edition of this biography, noted that:
"Carole Walker's concise and satisfying new biography .... serves us well, and goes a long way in cementing Chisholm's place in our history and casts a new and revealing light on her life".
Don Chisholm, descendent of Caroline wrote:
"Just the type of objective analysis that Caroline herself would have welcomed. Excellent".
Felix Larkin reviewing the biography of Caroline Chisholm in The Irish Catholic on February 11th 2010 notes that:
"What distinguishes this book from earlier biographies is its scholarship.While undoubtedly written in admiration of its subject, it nevertheless eschews hagiography - and that is how it should be. People from the past are human, just like us. We should not enlarge them beyond what they were in life. Our heroes are more attractive, and their lives are more inspiring, when we see them as real human beings - in all their complexity."