Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Elwes in Hawaii with his sketch book under his arm, at the marked spot where Captain Cook lost his life.

Date

[June 1849]

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1st editions of A Sketchers Tour have illustration of Elwes in Hawaii with his sketch book under his arm, at the marked spot where Captain Cook lost his life. "On the stump of a cocoa-nut tree a brass plate ….has been placed by some English officers".
This is a page from a unique leather-bound volume of Robert Elwes’ travelogue 'A Sketcher's Tour Round the World', first published 1854, (see page 200 for corresponding passage).
The book contains the printed text of the manuscript but remarkably, the monochrome wash illustrations are hand painted by Elwes. The book bears a handwritten inscription ‘Mary F Elwes from her affect. husband Robert Elwes Jan 25 1878’, dated after Robert Elwes became ill at Congham, his Norfolk home. On 28th January 1878 , their youngest daughter Violet noted in her diary: “Papa much worse”. Less than three months later, Robert Elwes died on 17th April aged 58.

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Courtesy of a private collector

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Location

Captain James Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, USA

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