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Career as illustrator

Quite apart from her colour plates for the earlier books by May Donaldson, Isabel Bonus enjoyed a successful career as illustrator for a variety of other publications.

The following listing is inevitably unsystematic and haphazard, but helps us to appreciate her talents – perhaps slightly stylised, but much in demand.

Plays for amateur performance adapted for girls' schools, several published by Swan Sonnenschein & Co, London:

  • Tennyson's Princess, Elsie Fogerty, (1901)
  • The Queen's Jest and Two Other Plays, Elsie Fogerty, (1908)
  • The Antigone of Sophocles, Elsie Fogerty, (1908)
  • Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Elsie Fogerty, (1911)
  • Euripides' Alkestis, Elsie Fogerty, (1924)

And others:

  • The Meaning of the Months, Ven E E Holmes B D (Archdeacon of London), (1910)
  • Tales from The Earthly Paradise, selected and arranged in prose, William Morris and William John Glover, (1913)
  • The Moon-Boat, Alice M Brown, (1914)
  • Benedicite: A Devotional Commentary on the Song of the Three Children, Harry Lovett Hubbard (1924)

The authoress Elsie Fogerty1,  2 was a highly regarded teacher of voice, diction and drama, her Central School of Speech and Drama being alma mater to a great many well-known theatrical celebrities. And of course costume illustration was perhaps the strongest rôle in Isabel's own repertoire. At the risk of sounding patronising, I could also suggest that the theatre is a well-established refuge for talented individuals with insecure or bruised personalities.

Harry Lovett Hubbard (1890 – 1941) was a clergyman (High Church at least, possibly Roman Catholic) who authored a number of semi-mystical religious books in that era.