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A new biography of the wildly unconventional 19th-century animal painter and gender equality pioneer Rosa Bonheur.
She shared an intimate relationship with the eccentric, self-styled inventor Nathalie Micas, who nurtured the artist like a wife. Together Rosa, Nathalie and Nathalie's mother bought a chateau and with Rosa's menagerie of animals the trio became one of the most extraordinary households of the day.
Catherine Hewitt's compelling new biography is an inspiring evocation of a life lived against the rules.