Lady Blomfield, née Sara Louisa Ryan, was a distinguished London society hostess, philanthropist, public speaker and writer. She was a founding member of the Save the Children Fund, and dedicated her life to the welfare of children, women, animals and prisoners. She hosted ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in her home at 97 Cadogan Gardens, London, during his historic visits to London. Her memoirs, The Chosen Highway, were first published in 1940 and remain in print.
On ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: “He arrived, and who shall picture Him? A silence as of love and awe overcame us, as we looked at Him; the gracious figure, clothed in a simple white garment, over which was a light-coloured Persian ‘abá; on His head He wore a low-crowned táj round which was folded a small, fine-linen turban of purest white; His hair and short beard were of that snowy whiteness which had once been black; His eyes were large, blue-grey with long, black lashes and well-marked eyebrows; His face was a beautiful oval with warm, ivory-coloured skin, a straight, finely-modelled nose, and firm, kind mouth. These are merely outside details by which an attempt is made to convey an idea of His arresting personality.
His figure was of such perfect symmetry, and so full of dignity and grace, that the first impression was that of considerable height. He seemed an incarnation of loving understanding, of compassion and power, of wisdom and authority, of strength, and of a buoyant youthfulness, which somehow defied the burden of His years; and such years!
One saw, as in a clear vision, that He had so wrought all good and mercy that the inner grace of Him had grown greater than all outer sign, and the radiance of this inner glory shone in every glance, and word, and movement as He came with hands outstretched.”
From The Chosen Highway