Raverat, Gwen

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Raverat, Gwen Gender: F
Gwendolen Mary Darwin
born on 26 August 1885 at 18:45 (= 6:45 PM )
Place Cambridge, England, 52n13, 0e08
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 03°38' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°35 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 28°28'


English wood engraver, who was a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers and author of "Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood" (1952), an autobiographical memoir.

She was the daughter of Sir George Howard Darwin and his wife Lady Maud Darwin, née Maud du Puy. She was the granddaughter of the naturalist Charles Darwin and first cousin of the poet Frances Cornford, née Darwin.

She married the French painter Jacques Raverat in 1911. They were active in the Bloomsbury Group and Rupert Brooke's Neo-Pagan group until they moved to the south of France, where they lived in Vence, near Nice, until his death from multiple sclerosis in 1925. They had two daughters: Elisabeth (1916-2014), who married the Norwegian politician Edvard Hambro, and Sophie Jane (1919-2011), who married the Cambridge scholar M.G.M. Pryor and later Charles Gurney.

Gwen Raverat died on 11 February 1957, aged 71, in Cambridge, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Brooke, Rupert (born 3 August 1887). Notes: Neo-Pagan group
  • friend relationship with Woolf, Virginia (born 25 January 1882). Notes: Bloomsbury Group
  • has other family relationship with Darwin, Charles (born 12 February 1809). Notes: Granddaughter


  • Relationship : Marriage 7 June 1911 (Jacques Raverat)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1952 (Autobiography, "Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood")

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Gwen Raverat: Friends, Family and Affections" by Frances Spalding (Random House, 2004), p. 54: "Maud had the first symptom of labour on getting up on 26 August ... At about three in the afternoon she took to her bed ... At a quarter to seven a lusty screeching caused Ella to run down to George and when he reached the top of the stairs a nurse came out with the news that it was a girl."


  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood")
  • Vocation : Misc. : Crafts (Wood engraver)