"Our dear Mother, whose talent for sketching both with pencil and brush I have, I think, hardly mentioned, used sometimes to go out with her block & paints - and sitting down on a camp stool in an olive grove, or orange garden, or on a hill side, forget all home trouble while transmitting to paper the beauty of the scene around us. I was always her companion at these times & found out many years later, when I painted a few flowers for your Father, how very much I had learnt from watching her use of colour at these times." *Memoirs of Emily Elliott pp30-31

Emily Dougan (1806-1877), the mother of Emily Elliott (1839-1924) was fond of sketching and we still have one of her sketchbooks, filled in 1856 while travelling through Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy with her husband Rev. Charles Boileau Elliott (1803-1875). At around this time, young Emily (aged 17) had been sent to school in Koblenz (*Memoirs of Emily Elliott p19), which is only ~10 miles north of the locations of the earliest sketches in this book, so it seems very probable that the excursion began with a visit to see her, and it may be that she had finished school at this point and then accompanied her parents on this trip.

N.B. Most of the sketches are dated, but the pages are not necessarily filled in chronological order. Sometimes, perhaps, Emily erased an earlier sketch and drew over it. Below I have rearranged the sketches into chronological order (whenever possible).

The locations depicted in the sketchbook are shown in the interactive map below:

View Emily Dougan's 1856 sketchbook in a larger map





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"Rheinfels & the Maus from St. Goar July 2 '56."
[Burg Rheinfels and Burg Maus, near Sankt Goar.]
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(Burg Rheinfels; image from http://djtravel.homestead.com/castles.html)





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"The Katze and Goarshausen July 2, '56"
[Burg Katz over Sankt Goarshausen]
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(Image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19662805)





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"Top of the Lurlei"
[Lorelei rock, near Sankt Goarshausen]
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(Image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/24821074)





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"Schönburg & Oberwesel July 11th '56. E.G.E."
[On the left hill is Schönburg Castle (now a hotel) above Oberwesel on the Rhine.]
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(Image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/22041583)





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"Alt Schloss, Baden-Baden, July 21 1856."
[Nowadays known as Hohenbaden, Baden-Baden]
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(2009 image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19291310)





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"Not E.G.E.!"
[Possibly her husband's work? Or her daughter's?]





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"Rouenthal. August 30th, '56"
[Rauenthal, in the Rhinegau.]
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"Goldene Kette, Schwalbach, Sept. 18 '56"
[Bad Schwalbach, known as Langenschwalbach until 1927. This hotel doesn't seem to exist any more, but another artist painted it while it did:]
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'Hotel of the Golden Chain, Langen - Schwalbach' by William Callow, RWS (British, 1812-1908)
(Image from http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3779591&iSaleNo=16281&iSaleSectionNo=1)





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"Freiburg Munster. Sep. 20th '56."
[Freiburg Minster.]
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"Righi Sep. 23"
[Rigi mountain next to Lake Lucerne]
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"L. of Lusirne, Sep. 23"
[Lake Lucerne]
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"William Tell's Chapel on the Lake L. Sep 23"
[William Tell's Chapel or Tellskapelle, near Sisikon on Lake Lucerne]
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Entrance of Via Mala, Sep 27.
[Via Mala gorge. Photo from http://www.old-picture.com/europe/Switzerland-Engadine-Grisons-Viamala.htm]





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"Lucarne and Mont Pilat Sep 23"
[Lucerne and Pilatus mountain]
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"From Brunnen, L. of Lucerne Sep 24"
[View from Brunnen]
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"From Wesen [?] Lake Willenstahl [?] & Kur Fur's [?] Sep 24 '56"


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"Ragaly [?] Sep 26"


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"On the Splugen, Sep 27"




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"Chiavenna Sep 29"
[Chiavenna in Italy, close to the Swiss border.]
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(Chiesa de Lorito, Chiavenna; image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3974514)





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"Varenna & the Lake of Como Oct 3"
[Varenna on Lake Como; it seems like this view might be from Varenna, looking north.]
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"From Cadenabbia Oct 6"
[From Cadenabbia on the western shore of Lake Como, looking towards Bellagio]
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"Tre Merrino [?] & Sommariva on the L. of Como fm. the Villa Seribeloni Oct 3"
[Probably Tremezzo (the nearer town on the far side) and beyond it the peninsula on which sits the Villa del Balbianello, viewed from the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in Bellagio]
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(Villa del Balbianello; image from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16686774)






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"On the L. of Como, Oct 6"






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"Prison at Rappallo Oct 17"
[Castello sul Mare in Rapallo on the Italian coast.]


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Image from http://rete.comuni-italiani.it/foto/2009/293935.






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"Spezzia from the beach. Oct 23"
[La Spezia on the Italian coast]






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[Untitled loose leaf inclusion in sketchbook]