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The Compleat Angler: And Other Meditations on the Art and Philosophy of Fishing, 15th Century to the Present: Muriel Foster, Angler & Artist

The exhibit is located in the Reading Room at Archives & Special Collections, 363 Hillman Library, Spring - Fall 2017.

Muriel Foster's Fishing Diary front box cover

Front box cover of Muriel Foster's Fishing Diary.


Self-portrait of Muriel Foster walking in the rain

Muriel Foster, self-portrait in the rain, 1923

Self-portrait of Muriel Foster on horse

Muriel Foster, self-portrait on horse, 1919

Women in Angling

There are notable examples of women anglers that have made significant contributions to the literature and sport of angling.   The women included in this exhibit are listed below.

Muriel Foster

Little Loch Broom watercolor

Scene of Little Loch Broom, Scotland

On September 16, 1913, at Little Loch Broom in Scotland, Muriel Foster made the first entry in her fishing diary, unaware that she was a pioneering fly fisherwoman.  Her fascinating illustrated log, continued for thirty-five years and first published long before today’s resurgence of enthusiasm for fly-fishing, is a unique addition to the literature.  Exquisite sketches---many in full color---of fish, lures, birds and other wildlife, and of her dogs, add charm and immediacy to her reports of fishing expeditions, her insights and poetry, and her observations about the countryside she loved. 

Muriel Foster, whose pictures were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, was a lifelong artist, naturalist, and fisherwoman in Scotland and in Cambridgeshire and Wiltshire, England.

Foster, Muriel, (1884-1963).

Muriel Foster's Fishing Diary.

Facsimile edition issued in an illustrated box.

New York: Penguin Studio, 1996. 

University Library System - Archives & Special Collections


Watercolor of Dundonnell

Scene of Dundonnell, Scotland

Illustration of trout

Trout illustration with year's fishing totals, 1928

Illustration of Luna, Muriel's dog.

Illustration of Muriel's dog, Luna 

Illustration of two trout

Illustration of two trout

Muriel Foster device

Literary device and illustration of Dundonnell at sunset

Lough Cullen and Lough Conn left page illustrationLough Cullen and Lough Conn right page illustration

Scene of Lough Cullen & Lough Conn, Scotland.