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Coppin, Edward

Sketch of a tour through Holland, Oct. 1816.

1816 October 22-27.
Physical Description:
1 v. (21 p., 27 leaves of illustrations) ; 36 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DJ38.C67 S54 1816+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Edward Coppin was an ironmonger at Norwich, in the mid-19th century. His daughter Mary Ann married G.H. Asker, 5 June 1860, at Norwich.
Bound in contemporary black morocco.
Manuscript diary of Edward Coppin during his travels through Holland, in October 1816. The diary is accompanied by 27 large watercolor drawings, illustrating the journey. The whole is a neatly compiled fair copy, but finishes rather abruptly, in a way which suggests that the author may have been interrupted in his task before completion. The binding bears a printed spine label: "Sketch of a tour through Holland, Oct. 1816." The volume is inscribed at front: "Edward Coppin presents this book to his daughter, Mrs. G.H. Asker, November 24th, 1866."
The diary entries run from Wednesday, October 22, to Monday, October 27, and describe visits to Rotterdam, The Hague, Leyden, Haarlem, and Amsterdam, via Helvoetsluys, Briel, and Delft, with excursions to Scheveningen and Huis ten Bos. Coppin describes in minute detail all which takes his interest or makes a picturesque sight: the traditions and customs of the people; their colorful costumes; the dogs which pull the milk and butter carts; the passenger barges on the rivers and canals; the Calvanist church service; the dyke-laced countryside and a scene on the beach at Scheveningen. To these tourist delights, he adds the sophisticated criticism of a country town gentleman of the arts of Holland.
Descriptions are given of the domestic architecture of Rotterdam, with comments on its waywardness and lack of classical discipline, the town halls of all the large towns, the Exchanges of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the churches of Leyden and Amsterdam, the royal palace at Huis ten Bos, and the theater at the Hague, with a complete record of one whole evening's entertainment there.
The watercolors are carefully drawn and illustrate the wide variety of colorful costumes of the different regions and trades of Holland. The frontispiece shows a fine view of Amsterdam, with the town Hall and the Nreuwe Kirk, while a double-leaf watercolor near the center offers a picturesque (monochrome) view of the beach at Sheveningen after the arrival of the fishing boats.
Subject Terms:
Architecture -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Asker, Mary Ann.
Clothing and dress -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Coppin, Edward.
Costume -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Netherlands -- Description and travel.
Netherlands -- Social life and customs.
Occupations -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Peddlers -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Peddling -- Netherlands -- Pictorial works.
Travel literature -- Netherlands.
Travel sketches -- Netherlands.

  • Watercolors: 1. The Stadt-house (Amsterdam)
  • 2. A Dutch landlady
  • 3. A Dutch servant at the inn
  • 4. The Dutch commissary
  • 5. Carrying the milk from the fields in brass pails
  • 6. Fisherman's wife
  • 7. A Dutch fisherman
  • 8. One of twelve beadles employed by the city of Amsterdam whose office is to announce the birth of a child or the death of a relation
  • 9. Dutch fisherman mending his nets
  • 10. (Scheveningen beach)
  • 11. (Dutch fisherwoman on her way to market)
  • 12. Egg merchant
  • 13. Dutch market woman
  • 14. Milk woman in her Sunday dress
  • 15. The Dutch milkmaid
  • 16. A Dutch dog
  • 17. A Dutch butter merchant at Leyden
  • 18. Merchant's daughters from the provinces on a Sunday in Rotterdam
  • 19. A Dutch lady in her Sunday dress from one of the provinces
  • 20. A Dutch tulip tool
  • 21. A Dutch lady going to church
  • 22. A beadle who attends the ladies at church carrying a perforated wooden box in which is an earthen pay with lighted turf
  • 23. An old lady going to Haarlem church
  • 24. A rich citizen's wife from one of the provinces
  • 25. A lady from a distant province in her Sunday dress
  • 26. A woman returning from market
  • 27. (A Dutch farmer).

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