Reichenthal, Upper Austria, Austria
Nossa Senhora del Monte Convent, Funchal, Madeira
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From the Collection
"A steep road leads from the town of Funchal past the Mount Church through scenery of quite a Welsh character". From Madeira in HMS Linnet bound for Rio Janeiro.
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 8 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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