Frances Donaldson, Baroness Donaldson of Kingsbridge

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Frances Annesley (née Lonsdale) (1907-1994), Lady Donaldson of Kingsbridge was a British writer and biographer.

Her father, Freddie Lonsdale, was a playwright. She married John George Stuart Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge (known as Jack) in 1935. Her body of work included topics such as farming and biographies on writers Evelyn Waugh and P. G. Wodehouse.

Works[edit]

  • Freddy Lonsdale (1957) — Lady Donaldson's biography of her father, "praised for its balance of candor and affection"[1]
  • Child of the Twenties (1962)
  • The Marconi Scandal (1962)
  • Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour (1967) — Not a particularly comprehensive biography, but certainly an interesting perspective on Waugh's life.
  • Edward VIII (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1974) — Won the Wolfson History Prize in 1974, and was the basis for the six-part television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).
  • P. G. Wodehouse (1982)
  • The Royal Opera House in the 20th Century (1988)
  • A 20th-Century Life (1992)

Portraits of Lady Donaldson[edit]

The United Kingdom's National Portrait Gallery holds two portraits featuring Lady Donaldson as a sitter:

  • Exhibit number P528: John George Stuart Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge and Frances Annesley (née Lonsdale), Lady Donaldson of Kingsbridge by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda. Painted in 1992; medium: colour print; measurements: 14 7/8 in. x 12 in. (379 mm x 305 mm).[1]
  • Exhibit number x89083: Frances Annesley (née Lonsdale), Lady Donaldson of Kingsbridge by Elliott & Fry. Medium: vintage print (a photograph).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times, March 30th 1994, Frances Donaldson, Biographer, 87, Dies. [Accessed 2008-05-26].