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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1873) Envelopes adorned with sketches. University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Sketch from the scrapbook of Sarah E.E. Mitchell of Lisdillon on the East Coast of Tasmania 1873.

Sketches on envelopes taken 1870s, not numbered, by Catherine Mitchell.

Envelopes, adorned with sketches by Catherine Mitchell, addressed to Miss M. Giblin at Fernleigh, Davey Street, Hobart or C/- VDL Bank, Hobart Town, depicting horse riding, gathering gumnuts, hops on vine, hop harvest, birds carrying a parcel, a snake entwined around a tree trunk, as well as several others showing geese, dogs, flowers, and a cat.

Notes accompanying envelopes: "These illustrated envelopes were fashionable just then 1873 and when C.P. Mitchell stayed at Government House in 1866 they were fashionable then. Miss Gore Brown did some and gave 2 to Kate and called them “fashionable ladies” but I S.E.E.M. gave them to Miss Oliver.
The only privilege my father (John Mitchell) took when Member of Parliament was to “frank” the letters for himself and family during the sitting of Parliament. Lately they were fashionable only the illustration was on the back of the letter. By G.C.M. for S.E.E.M."

The sketches by Catherine Penwarne (Kate), eldest daughter of John and Catherine Mitchell (of Cornwall, England, who settled at Lisdillon, East Coast Tasmania in 1852) were made between 1860 and 1876, and portray aspects of 19th Century social and domestic life. Catherine’s sketches were compiled by her sister Sarah. E.E.Mitchell. Derived from her own collection, from those of friends and relations, and from John Ball, Kate's husband, they were compiled sometime between 1928 and 1933. The sketches are mounted in an album, together with: locks of Kate's hair on red silk; a pressed fern arrangement; a coloured photograph of John and Catherine Ball; and coloured views of Buckland Churchyard in 1850, showing the grave of Paul Thomas Mitchell, aged 3 days, and in 1879 showing the grave of Catherine Penwarne Ball. The scrapbook was bequeathed to The Royal Society of Tasmania in 1946.
RS 32/4

Item Type: Other
Keywords: The Royal Society of Tasmania, Tasmania, Social History, Sarah E.E. Mitchell, Catherine Mitchell, Tasmania, Australia, social history, 19th Century, Lisdillon, East Coast Tasmania, postage stamps, correspondence, Mabyle Gore Browne, Mary Louise Meredith.
Publisher: University of Tasmania Special and Rare Collections and The Royal Society of Tasmania
Copyright Information:

This is an unpublished literary work created in the late 19th century. Copyright subsists in this item.

Collections: Royal Society Collection > Mitchell Collection > Sketchbook Collection
Royal Society Collection
Additional Information:

This material may be requested from the Library for research and study purposes as provided for in the Copyright Act 1968. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au

When reusing this material, please provide the following acknowledgement: “Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections, The Royal Society of Tasmania, The Mitchell Family and The Plomley Foundation. From The Royal Society of Tasmania Collection RS 32/4”

Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 06:35
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 06:35
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