Virginia Philipson (July 11, 1843 - May 22, 1892) married Julian (Goldschmid) Goldsmid 3rd Bt. in 1868. In an 1874 journal entry penned a few months after her marriage, the twenty-five-year-old Mary Josephine Collier, Lady Monkswell mentioned a “very nice dinner” attended by “beautiful Mrs. Julian Goldsmid (Virginia Philipson Goldsmid) with whom I am in love . . . a fair Italian about 26, with lovely blue eyes, a sweet smile and a sweet voice”. After Lady Goldsmid’s death in 1892, Monkswell recalled a relish she had felt almost in spite of herself: “She was not the least the sort of woman that I like, but she was kind and nice to us and so very attractive that I feel almost an affection for her”. As confirmation that she liked Goldsmid for her looks alone, Monkswell provided an elaborate inventory of Goldsmid’s bodily charms, praising her skin, eyes, hair, and teeth, “darling, clever little hands, lovely arms and wrists . . . well shaped legs and feet”.

Virginia Philipson was born Florence, Tuscany, Italy. She was the daughter of Abramo Philipson. Virginia had a brother, Eduardo Philipson.

Virginia Goldsmid had eight daughters,[1] including:

Virginia passed away in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.


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