My history hero: Leonora Carrington (1917–2011)

Comedian and novelist Jenny Eclair explains why she admires a free-spirited artist and author

Artist Leonora Carrington

This article was first published in the August 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) was a British-born artist and author who spent most of her adult life in Mexico. She was also one of the last surviving members of the 1930s Surrealist movement. Twice-married, Carrington was hospitalised during the Second World War after having a breakdown and was given shock treatment (ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy). She later went on to co-found the Women’s Liberation movement in Mexico, and to have two children. She died in Mexico City, aged 94.

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