A Sketcher's Tour Round the World
Elwes, Robert. A Sketcher's Tour Round the World. London : Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn. 1854.
Elwes, Robert (1854) A Sketcher's Tour Round the World. London : Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn.
Elwes, Robert, A Sketcher's Tour Round the World. London : Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn. 1854.
Robert Elwes travelled extensively in his twenties and thirties, but in 1848 he embarked on a journey that was to take him round the world. Robert Elwes, aged 28, left England on 20 March 1848 on board the Eclipse. This voyage around the world took two years and three months, sailing on 10 different ships. He painted and sketched many scenes on his journey. He arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil having crossed the Atlantic from Tenerife in 30 days.
He explored a little of Brazil and then sailed to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He crossed the Pampas on horseback, a journey of 1,000 miles, crossing the Andes by mule and up the Pacific coast to Lima. He sailed across the Pacific to Honolulu and Tahiti and was shipwrecked off Tasmania in September 1849. Rescued by sealers and taken to Hobart with a cargo of 500 sheep, he then traveled overland across Tasmania to Launceston where he sailed (nervously) for Australia.
He continued his voyage, visiting and painting in Manila, Hong Kong, Canton and Shanghai and started towards home on 1 April 1850. His journey took him to Singapore, Penang, Bombay, Aden, the Red Sea and the Suez. From there, he traveled overland to Cairo (the Suez Canal was not built until 1859). His journey across the desert was in a horse drawn "van" carrying six passengers. He sailed the most direct route home from Alexandria via Malta, Sicily, Naples and Genoa. From Genoa he travelled by "poste" to Milan, Chur and then by steamer down the Rhine to Rotterdam and thence to London where he arrived on 20 June 1850.
8vo (238 x 155 mm). 33 pp. Hand-colored lithographic frontispiece and 20 plates after Elwes by Hullmandel & Walton.
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