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Bodenham, Eliza.

Sketchbook recording a tour of Italy.

[Italy], 1843.
Physical Description:
1 sketchbook (42 drawings) ; 22 x 29 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DG426.B63 S54 1843+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Drawings & Watercolors
The Bodenhams of Rotherwas Estate, a Roman Catholic family, were important landowners in Herefordshire.
Bound in contemporary dark green half roan, with green pebble grain boards; linen cloth tie.
Sketchbook of a tour of Italy, by Eliza Bodenham. The first leaf is inscribed, in graphite, with Bodenham's name and the date "June 21st, 1843." The oblong volume contains 42 skilled full page drawings, including 23 in pen and ink (some over graphite), 15 in graphite, 3 with monochrome wash, and one full watercolor.
The sketchbook opens with a graphite drawing on a gilt background, of a figure looking through a small telescope, above which Eliza has written her name, dated June 21st 1843. A number of drawings depict local architecture, including building details, ruins, dwellings set in the landscape. Identified locations include: Nero's Bridge, Albano, Cisterna, Civita Castaluni [Castellana?], and Ancona.
Some of the drawings depict the rural population of Italy, including: "Lavatrice di Tivoli" (women washing clothes), "Costume di Cerbara," "Donna di Frascati un Ermita," "Crociara ed un Paistore," and "Famiglia di Ciociani partendo dal loro Paese." On the back of one page Eliza has added three small drawings noting them as depicting shadow thrown, shade receding from light, and aerial perspective of shades & colors. A graphite sketch near the end of the volume depicts a lady painting at an easel--perhaps a self-portrait.
Subject Terms:
Bodenham, Eliza.
Grand tours (Education)
Italy -- Description and travel -- Pictorial works.
Italy -- Pictorial works.
Women travelers -- Italy.
Travel sketches -- Italy
Graphite drawings.

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