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Sketchbook: Dieppe, 1814

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Call Number: MSS 6, Series I

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "E. Gurney" in graphite on the cover. Contains graphite sketches of scenes from a trip that Emma took with her family to Dieppe, France, in 1814. From images of the voyage across the Channel, Emma moves on to make several sketches of local scenery, residents going about their daily tasks, and regional costume. Most of the pieces are not completed, but a few are more finished than others. Some of the drawings are part of an additional smaller sketchbook, here bound in. Towards the end of the sketchbook is an apparently transcribed (rather than originally composed) verse or song, in French. While Emma's transcription has some typical learner's grammatical mistakes, the gist of the verse is clear. It seems to be a dialog between a man and a woman, torn between the potential costs and glory of the battlefield and a relationship at home. With the contemporary situation of the Napoleonic Wars, this verse must have had particular relevance and poignancy at the time of Emma's visit to France.


  • 1814


Physical Description

1 v. (19 drawings) ; 21 x 28 cm. Bound in quarter red roan and marbled boards.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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