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Album of fourteen original watercolours taken on a trip from the Baltic to Russia and Persia.

Includes excellent views of Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Simbirsk, Samara, Caucasian Mountains, the Caspian Sea and area near Isfahan.

September-November, 1869 Stock Code: 100738
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A excellent group of very well-executed, high quality amateur watercolour views by a mid-nineteenth-century English traveller to Russia, including an unusual series of views of the Volga cities - Nizhny Novgorod, Simbirsk, Samara and "Ouswan opposite Kazan on Volga" - Verkhny Uslon village, located directly opposite Kazan on banks of the river. Other images offer appealing panoramas of the Caucasus Mountains and the shore of the Caspian Sea between Petrovskoye - fortress first erected in 1844, now Makhachkala capital of Dagestan - and Derbent, the country's second city; the Greater Caucasus with Mount Shahdag, 14,000 feet, now in Azerbaijan; and of the environs of Isfahan. There are also four excellent studies of Moscow showing the Kremlin, "Towers of Kremlin Moscow"; exterior and interior views of St. Basil's Cathedral, the famous domes, and inside a chapel; together with a sombre study of an abbess and a group of nuns. Also a lively street view titled "In the Suburbs of St. Petersburg," with a fire watch tower, drozhkys and a four-horse omnibus. Two other views depict the harbour at Helsingborg and the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. The images are accompanied by a hand drawn "Map of route from Hull to St. Petersburg," covering the traveller's route across the Baltic Sea. Crisply, and meticulously detailed visual record of travels in Russia by a talented amateur observer.

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Folio (leaf size 370 x 260 mm; images c.210 x 120 mm) Later half sheep to style, old marbled boards, original label laid down, lozenges gilt to the compartments.


Fourteen watercolours corner slit-mounted or tipped onto album leaves, neat calligraphic ink captions on the mounting leaves and occasional in a minuscule hand at the foot of the images by the artist. With a watercolour map/track chart loosely inserted.


Overall very good.


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