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From the Collection
"I left Honolulu in the schooner Caroline. We had light winds all the way from Honolulu. Being generally up before sunrise we found the mornings delightfully cool and pleasant. We dined at two and afterwards I usually took the helm for an hour or so by way of keeping myself awake".
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 220 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.
From the Watercolour World