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Mary Shanks

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Mary Shanks (1866-1949) studied at  Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.  She knew Tolstoy and prepared illustrations for Tolstoy's Where Love is, God is.  Mary and Emily were visitors to Tolsoy's home and their names can still be seen in Tolstoy's visitors book.  Mary adopted an orphaned peasant child, Anya Troup, and took her to England to be educated.  In Memories of Revolution, Anya recalls that Mary held meetings of Tolstoyan discussion group at the Pokroffka until these came to the attention of the Tsarist authorities. When Mary's friend (and German national)  Natalia Yencken was arrested and then exiled from Russian, Mary accompanied Natalia to England where they eventually settled in Teignmouth, Devon.

illustration for Tolstoy's Where Love is, God is