We have been filming a few short sequences from the life of Lady Eleanor Glanville (c.1654–1709), the first English female lepidopterist.
One of the things I had to make for this scene was a 17th century butterfly ‘clap net’, but with only fragmentary information to go on!
Happily, it worked! To everyone’s surprise, especially Tiffany Haynes (the actress playing Eleanor), the first thing that she did was to capture and safely release a butterfly!
Eleanor Glanville has a Butterfly named after her, the Glanville Fritillary, initially known as the Lincolnshire Fritillary as that was where Eleanor first captured it in the 1690’s. Now the Glanville Fritillary is pretty well restricted to southern half of the Isle of Wight and on the Channel Islands. The butterfly pictured above is a Red Admiral.
Eleanor is played by actress Tiffany Hayes. You can see her showreel here. It contains more Eleanor Glanville footage, plus other modern roles Tiffany has played. Tiffany’s web site can be found here.
Eleanor Glanville’s story has just been made into a novel by Fiona Mountain: Lady of the Butterflies.
The book has been renamed for the American market as ‘The Rebel Heiress’.
You can hear a BBC Woman’s Hour interview with the author about Eleanor Glanville here
The sequences were directed and filmed by Nick Loven of Crow’s Eye Productions.