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Wicksteed, Mary Frances

Album of watercolors from travels in Europe.

circa 1878-1881.
Physical Description:
1 volume (161 drawings on 26 leaves) : watercolor, over graphite ; 36 x 30 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2018 35
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Drawings & Watercolors
Though unmentioned (and not depicted), Mary Frances Wicksteed served as governess during this period to Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan (1870-1958), politician and historian; Robert Calverley Trevelyan (1872-1951), poet; and George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876-1962), historian. Presumably Wicksteed minded the three children while their parents George and Caroline explored mountinous terrains.
Bound in contemporary paper boards. Inscribed on front cover: "Watercolour sketches by Mary Frances Wicksteed, 1878-1881."
Album of watercolor drawings by Mary Frances Wicksteed documenting holiday travels in the mountainous regions of Europe. The artist was a governess to three generations of Trevelyan and Philips children at Wallington in Northumberland. Travels undertaken by Wicksteed and the Trevelyan family include trips to the Pyrenees in 1877; Spain in 1878; La Spezia, and the Italian Alps in 1879; Lake Como across the Swiss Alps in 1880; Avignon to Narborne in France, and Wildbad to Stuttgart in Germany, in 1881. Linking the holidays was the keen climbing interests of the Trevelyan family. The watercolors are fairly naive, but well finished. There are numerous mountain views, sunsets, and depictions of local costumes and color. The front paste-down includes two watercolors depicting the Trevelyan estate at Welcombe.
On most leaves, Wicksteed includes between two and five drawings, mounted to rectos only. All drawings are captioned with information on the place and date, in black ink.
Subject Terms:
Clothing and dress -- Europe.
France -- Description and travel.
Germany -- Description and travel.
Italy -- Description and travel.
Spain -- Description and travel.
Switzerland -- Description and travel.
Trevelyan family.
Welcombe House (Stratford-upon-Avon, England)
Wicksteed, Mary Frances.
Landscape drawings.
Travel sketches.
Travel sketches.
Travel sketches.
Travel sketches.
Travel sketches.

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