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Walter, John

A tour in North Wales.

Physical Description:
1 volume (184, 15 pages) : illustrations ; 21 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA730. W35 1817
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Bound in contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards.
Manuscript account of a tour in North Wales, illustrated with engravings and original drawings, by John Walter, of Lindsay Place, Chelsea. Walter's writing is jovial and his illustrations, although naïve, are lively and detailed. The author is travelling with a female companion, his “Dame," and his wife's waiting maid Esther. The topics are at times coarse: he writes knowingly, for example, about the charms of “Kitty Owen” (and provides a suitably racy illustration). Walter appears to be writing for an adult audience of male friends. The front of the volume includes "A list of places &c. seen during this tour" and "A list of the prints and drawings &c."
The identity of John Walter, author of this manuscript, is not certain. There is a business card for "Mr Walter, Lindsay Place, Chelsea" affixed to the front pastedown. There are also several humorous notes addressed to Walter at the front of the volume (one to "Sir John Walter Knight of the Snuffers, Grand Cross of the ancient Order of Humourists &c &c"). In 1817, the owner of The Times was John Walter (1776-1847), and the frontispiece of the manuscript includes the image of a winged Mercury holding a newspaper, in a design echoing a masthead. But the owner of The times cannot be placed at the Lindsay Place address. According to ODNB, "Walter gave up the house in Brompton Row and returned to his old apartments at Printing House Square" shortly after the death of his wife in 1815; in 1818, he devoted his attentions to construction of the Bear Wood estate, near Reading.
Subject Terms:
Cadair Idris (Wales)
Caernarfon Castle (Caernarfon, Wales)
Castles -- England.
Castles -- Wales.
Cheltenham (England) -- Description and travel.
England -- Description and travel.
Shrewsbury (England) -- Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Wales -- Description and travel.
Wales, North -- Description and travel.
Walter, John.
Travel sketches -- Wales.
Travel literature.
Ink drawings.
IIIF Manifest:

  • Illustrations, etc. (drawings, except where indicated): Frontispiece (with decoupage)
  • Pistyll Rhaidr
  • A new and accurate map of North Wales (engraving)
  • Cheltenham Parade
  • Cheltenham Spa (two engravings)
  • Powis Castle, Can's office (two drawings)
  • Advertisement for Richard Pugh's Romantic sceneries of Dolgelley (printed sheet)
  • Cader Idris (engraving)
  • Cader Idris (?)
  • Pistill Cain
  • Rhaidr Du
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kitty Owen
  • Howel Da
  • Bala market & fair
  • Pass at Bedgelhart
  • Carnarvon fair & castle
  • Jumpers Chapel
  • Carnarvon castle (engraving)
  • The Cromlechs
  • Cathedral church of Bangor (engraving)
  • Paeman Mwr (two drawings)
  • Conway Castle
  • Conway waterfalls
  • Llanrwst Bridge (engraving)
  • Denbigh Castle (engraving)
  • Cathedral Church of St. Asaph (drawing and engraving)
  • An historical description of St. Winefred's Well (broadside, folded)
  • St. Winifred's Well (engraving)
  • The summit of Snowdon from Capel Cerig (engraving)
  • View of East-gate, Chester, in Chesire (engraving)
  • The city of Cheshire (engraved view)
  • Suppose the waiter peeping at Hester sleeping
  • House at Llangolen
  • Mary Carryl's tomb
  • Vale Crucis Abbey
  • South west view of Shrewsbury (engraving)
  • A view of the Abbey Church of Shrewsbury (engraving)
  • View of Shrewsbury Castle, in Shropshire (engraving)
  • A view of Colebrook Dale in Shropshire ... (engraving)
  • Ludlow Castle (engraving)
  • The south view of Montgomery Castle (engraving).

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