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Agnes Jekyll (1860-1937) was the daughter of William Graham, Liberal MP for Glasgow and patron of the Pre-Raphaelites; she had a literary and artistic childhood. After her marriage to Herbert Jekyll (soldier, public servant and wood-carver) she lived at Munstead House in Surrey, with her sister-in-law Gertrude Jekyll nearby at Munstead Wood. Agnes's gift for friendship and organisational skills made her an excellent hostess: Mary Lutyens described her house as the apogee of opulent comfort and order without grandeur, smelling of pot-pourri, furniture polish and wood smoke; while Gertrude Jekyll's biographer remarked that if she was an artist-gardener, then Agnes was an artist-housekeeper. Created DBE for her involvement in numerous good causes, Lady Jekyll (as she had also become) first publishedKitchen Essays(1922) in The Times in which she was persuaded to pass on some of the wit and wisdom of her rare gift for clever and imaginative housekeeping.
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