Henry Wreford (Bristol 1806 - Capri 26 March 1892) moved to Italy at the age of thirty and spent his entire life here. For more than 50 years she was the Times correspondent from Rome and Naples, often assisted by her sister Mary, an English correspondent in Italy, one of the first female foreign correspondents in the history of Victorian journalism. March 8, 2017: International Women's Day in London was dedicated to Miss Wreford, the first woman to write as a correspondent for the Times, without ever joining the newspaper's staff. In March 1859 she was temporarily appointed correspondent of the newspaper in Rome when her brother fell ill. The Times manager, Mowbray Morris, approached her because she knew both Henry's work and his contacts. Morris wrote to Miss Wreford in Rome inviting her to assume the duties of her brother and, in particular, to present her own comments on the impending war between Italy and France and Austria. Wreford also wrote for the Daily News. His articles written in the pre-unification period were aligned with the political positions of the passionaria Jessie White who introduced them to Garibaldi. In 1846 Henry had published "Rome, pagan and papal", a text that was immediately placed on the list of books prohibited by the Vatican. Henry Wreford is also responsible for the authorship of numerous articles in Charles DicKens' Household Word. For many years he collaborated as an art critic for the British magazines Art Journal and Athenaeum. In the 1960s she promoted a movement of female artists from Rome baptized as the "constellation of the 12 stars": among them appeared Charlotte Cushman, Margaret Foley, Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewis, Emma Stebbins. Henry Wreford has been the subject of study by historians and literature experts, but he is a character little known to the general public despite his significant role in Italian pre-unification political events and in the dissemination of a culture committed to gender claims.
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