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Title(s):

Our holiday, 1890.

Published/Created:
Liverpool?, 1890.
Physical Description:
28 leaves : illustrations ; 18 x 26 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
D919 .O97 1890+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Notes:
Lithographed account of the trip of four middle class Liverpudlian travelers to central Europe, taking in a walking tour of the Tyrol, in July 1890, via Harwich, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, the Rhine, Lucerne, Engelberg and Paris. The four men (aged about 30 to 40) are portrayed in the photographic frontispiece and their identities are partly revealed on the title-page and in the text. The title illustrates four closed doors, one with the name E.C. Capper, the next for the Liverpool Union Bank, the third with Hughes & Porritt in Exchange Street, and the last with the Rodney branch of the N. & S. Wales Bank. E.C. Capper is probably Edward Capper, chemist, who graduated from Edinburgh University in 1886. Edward was the son of Samuel James Capper, prominent homepathic chemist (and Quaker) at Liverpool. Porritt is probably Edward Porritt, who partnered with Hugh Hughes as cotton merchants at Liverpool.
There are four monograms on the front cover, and the narrator confirms that Capper and Porritt were present, along with Kerfoot. One of the four was known as "The Bos" and another, named Teddie, was known as "The Doctor" (presumably Edward Capper). The tour is recounted in lighthearted verse and irreverent graphite sketches, all reproduced lithographically. The travelers drink rather too much lager, enjoy plebeian musical entertainments in local inns, and engage in flirtations, with Teddie becoming infatuated with a lady known as "the Boa-Constrictor": "They got him disentangled, But he's really sadly inangled, And he says he'll need this winter, wretched youth, For complete recuperation, Quite a course of mild flirtation, And he calls it Homeopathy forsooth!"
Subject Terms:
Capper, Edward Charles.
Germany -- Description and travel.
Grand tours (Education)
Porritt, Edward.
Switzerland -- Description and travel.
Voyages and travels -- 19th century.
Form/Genre:
Travel literature.
Photographs.
Albumen prints.
Lithographs.
Contributors:
Capper, Edward Charles.
Porritt, Edward.
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