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Parker, Thomas Browne, 1797–1833

The journal and letters of the late Thomas Browne Parker, of Sweeney in the County of Salop, Esq. : during a tour with his friend Edward Joshua Cooper of Markree Castle in the Co. of Sligo, Esqre. M.P. : through Bavaria, Austria, Prussia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lapland, Russia, & the Crimea, in the years 1824, 1825, & 1826 / transcribed, arranged, and illustrated (with copies of the drawings made during the tour by the artist Sig. Bossi, sketches in the Crimea by T.B.P. &c., and insertion of portraits, prints, &c. collected by T.B.P. in his travels) by his affectionate sister Mary Leighton, Loton Park, 1835.

Additional Title(s):

Foreign journal of Thomas Browne Parker

Loton Park, Alberbury, England, 1835.
Physical Description:
3 volumes (544 pages) ; 26 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
D919.P37 J68 1824a+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Archives & Manuscripts
Half-title: The foreign journal of Thomas Browne Parker, in three volumes, containing: vol. 1. Bavaria, Austria, Prussia, Denmark; vol. II. Norway, Sweden, & Lapland; vol. III. Russia, & the Crimea.
Parker's original journal (fair copy) is also in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, cataloged separately (D919.P37 J68 1824+).
Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped red morocco, with gilt edges.
Manuscript copy of a journal made by Thomas Browne Parker (1797-1833) during his travels to Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lapland and Russia between October 24, 1824, and March 2, 1826. As indicated on the title page (present in each of the three volumes), the copy was made by Parker's sister, Lady Mary Leighton. Leighton considerably augmented the journal with copies of letters written by Parker during his tour, and with her own copies of sketches made by Silvestro Bossi, who accompanied Parker and Edward Joshua Cooper on their tour.
The added material includes over 150 views (most full-page), over 40 drawings of local costume (including many of military costume), and a number of portraits, maps, and vignettes. Volume 1 begins with portraits of Parker and Cooper, and their respective seats (Sweeney Hall and Markree Castle, County Sligo).
Parker came from a mildly eccentric family of Shropshire gentry, was educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford, but left before taking his degree to study law at Lincoln's Inn. He accompanied his school friend, Edward Joshua Cooper (1798-1863), who had a travelling carriage, a britzschka, built to his specification for the trip. Though undoubtedly inspired in part by Arthur de Capell Brooke's Travels through Sweden, Norway and Finmark, to the North Cape, in the summer of 1820 (1823), the young men had wide-ranging interests of their own. Cooper ordered the carriage so that he could travel with his scientific instruments--he was later to become a FSA on account of his astronomical observations. Parker was intrigued by the geology, botany and ornithology of Scandinavia. He also shows a particular interest in describing the uniforms of the soldiers and the quality of the military music in all the places visited.
Subject Terms:
Austria -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Bossi, Silvestro.
Cooper, Edward Joshua, 1798-1863.
Denmark -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Europe -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Finland -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
France -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Germany -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Norway -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Parker, Thomas Browne, 1797-1833.
Sweden -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Travel writing.
Travel sketches -- Europe.
Drawings (visual works)
Bossi, Silvestro, artist.
Leighton, Mary, Lady, -1864, artist.

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