Mrs. Priscilla Wakefield.
Stipple. Platemark: 120 x 82mm (4¾ x 3¼").
A silhouette portrait of Priscilla Wakefield, (1751-1832) an English Quaker, educational and feminist economics writer, and philanthropist. Priscilla Bell was born into a family in Tottenham, then a village north of London. She married Edward Wakefield (1750–1826), a London merchant, and had three children. Writing to support her family financially, she wrote seventeen books in two decades. She was one of many female English writers at the end of the eighteenth century who began to demand a wider life for women. Charities which she founded included a maternity hospital, a Female Benefit Club, and a Penny Bank for children, which developed into England's first savings bank. She was a member of the Society of Friends, and conformed to their religious practice, but did not observe their restrictions.
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