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Mills, Anne, ca. 1795–1827
Anne Mills diary and sketchbook of a tour on the Continent.
Europe, circa 1820.
Physical Description:
1 v. (182 pages) : ill. ; 10 x 16 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process D919.M5 D53 1820
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in contemporary calf; brass clasp intact.
Manuscript diary and sketchbook of a continental tour made from May 17 to July 2, 1820, by Anne Mills, presumably accompanied by her husband the Revd. Thomas Mills, Rector of Stutton, 1821-1879. Written in graphite, it covers virtually every inch of the 182-page notebook, and has numerous outline sketches, in graphite, of carriages, gondolier, scenery, and rural characters, and one accomplished full page drawing of a grotto, in pen and ink with additional grey wash. It was obviously written en route as it has many corrections, additions and deletions, and one of the sketches is marked up with a color key in order to make a finished watercolor. Another page indicates colors to be used in painting Mount Cenis. The tour commences in Amiens, and Mills travels through France, over the Jura Mountains via the Mount Cenis Pass to Geneva, and thence to Italy, Mantua, and Padua, before concluding in Venice. It is written in a lively and engaging style, capturing the wonder and excitement of a young lady on presumably her first tour abroad. There are good observations on museums and galleries as well as many of the other major sites.
Subject Terms:
France -- Description and travel.
Grand tours (Education)
Italy -- Description and travel.
Mills, Anne, ca. 1795-1827 -- Diaries.
Mills, Thomas, 1791-1879 -- Diaries.
Switzerland -- Description and travel.
Mills, Thomas, 1791-1879.

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