Isobel P. Williams qualified in medicine at St George’s Hospital, London, and became a consultant respiratory physician in the British National Health Service. She commenced her writing career on her retirement from medicine.
Throughout her distinguished medical career, Isobel retained two particular interests: the arts and in contrast, polar exploration.
This account of Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA reflects Isobel’s fascination with this Victorian/Edwardian artist who, at the height of his fame, was patronised by royalty and hugely popular with the public. He is now virtually forgotten.
Isobel traces his career and discusses reasons for his fall from fame. She concludes that now is the time for the work and reputation of this talented, versatile, and intelligent man to be reappraised.
Her interest in polar exploration led her to write highly successful biographies of three of the British explorers of the early 1900s.
In 1848 Europe was in turmoil. People were starving, work was scarce. Hubert Herkomer’s father, a Bavarian woodcarver, emigrated to the United States with his wife, a musician, and their two-year-old son. But the settled future they hoped for did not materialize – after struggling for six years...