Watercolour on paper, each signed, entitled and dated ‘1873’ on mount
Image size: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (21 x 14 cm)
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The gallery has eight framed paintings by the artist, illustrating her travels around Europe in 1873. She was one of six children, like many young people of her time she went on the Grand Tour with her chaperone, in this case her aunt. On this tour we have this astonishing record of watercolours that she executed while travelling the south of France. The Grand Tour of Europe became increasingly popular among women in the late 18th century and early 19th century. For British upper-class young women travelling Europe was part of formal education as well as a form of entrance into elite society. When published, women’s letters and travel diaries about their experiences provided entertainment and vicarious travel for a less elite audience.
These artworks are titled ‘ From the Grissback Hotel, May 26th’, ‘Lake Near Carqueyrames, Feb 25th’, ‘Dolce Acqua, Mentone, May 12th’, ‘View from the Hotel des Iles d’or Hyeres, April 7th’, ‘Snow Mountains, Bernese Oberland, June 2nd’ and ‘On the Way to St Tropez, March 31st’.
Gertrude Alice Elizabeth Mynors-Baskerville was born at Cleirwy Court in Wales. Arthur Conan Doyle was a close family friend who often came to stay at the hall. During his many visits he learnt of the local legend of the hounds stalking nearby Hergest Ridge. He was inspired by the rumour and incorporated it into the fifth (and perhaps most famous) outing of his keen eyed, hawked nosed detective, Sherlock Holmes. However, at the request of his friends, the Baskervilles, he set the book in Devon “to ward off tourists”.