Three books had already flowed from Dorothy Boux’s calligraphy pen and been illustrated with her delicate water-colours: Images of Christmas, All the World’s A Stage and the critically acclaimed The Golden Thread, each of which took her over three years to complete.
For her next book, Woman, Dorothy chose quotations from authors throughout the ages, and from around the world. Together they form a chorus of voices singing the virtues of womanhood. This magical blend of prose and poetry not only sheds light on what it means to be a woman, but also offers a blessing of happiness. Little touches makes this book special – there is even a section bordered with pretty wild flowers where you can write your name.
The role of women is a major social issue today and this book seeks to look afresh at a woman’s true nature, and as such pays tribute to those feminine qualities which are so easily overlooked and undervalued.
There is no suggestion that woman’s place is limited to the home, but it recognises that the home and family are the basic building blocks of society and that woman has a unique capacity to make a home and hold a family together. That is her greatest service to society and the human race, and one which at the same time equips her to contribute to the enrichment of the wider community by drawing on her fund of practical wisdom garnered over the years in caring for the family.
Dorothy Boux recognised the importance of the balance and harmony which arise when the feminine qualities are respected and understood for what they are, and the powerful impulse for harmony and unity which arises when the right balance between men and women is found.
Dorothy Boux started drawing at an early age but fell in love with calligraphy later in life. She ran the Ficino Gallery at Harrow-on-the-Hill where some of her earlier work was printed on an old hand-press. Born and brought up in Derbyshire, she was the mother of three, grandmother of eleven and great-grandmother of two.