Launceston Tamar River
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"I left Hobart without regret for Launceston by the coach on 12th October. There are two good four-horse coaches on this road, besides a mail which, with the VR on the side, the coachman and guard in their red coats and the long horn, puts one quite in mind of the old times in England than anything I had yet seen". Four days later Elwes leaves Launceston for Port Philip. "We glided swiftly down the Tamar, a fine looking river".
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 274 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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