Gertrude Campbell [Lady Colin
1861-1911 [Gertrude Elizabeth, Née Blood; early pseud G.
E. Brunefill]; b. Clare; ed. in Italy and France; at fifteen wrote Topo (1876), a childrens story ill. by Kate Greenaway; m.
Lord Colin Campbell, younger son of Duke of Argyll, 1881; legally separated
on plea of cruelty; appt. art critic for World; wrote Darell
Blake (1889), a society novel based on her marital experience; also
issued The Book of the Running Brook (1886), on fresh-water fishing.
JMC DIW SUTH OCIL
John Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (Longmans 1988; rep. 1989), calls with her sole novel Darell Blake:
A Study (1889) a society novel, drawing on publicity of
her court case; considerable naive power; Darell, London ed. and radical
MP, married to long-suffering Victoria, is led astray by Lady Alma Vereker,
at Homberg; wife dies in childbirth, and hero survives a wreck.
Justin McCarthy, ed., Irish
Literature (Washington: Catholic Univ. of America 1904), selects A
Modern Aegeria from Darell Blake. See also Irish Book