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Mitchell, Sarah and Mitchell, Catherine (1874) Going sketching and Caleb the dog carries our stools. 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 (Unpublished)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 1874.

Sketch 92, taken 1875, by Catherine Mitchell, depicting dog and figures walking into fenced area. Subsequent notes and commentary by Sarah Mitchell, added in 1922.

While our sister Amy M.J.M. was in England, Kate & I (S.E.E.M) used to go our sketching. She shuts the front garden gate as we go into the Wattles, where there were some pines enclosed with post & rail fence, as the Wattle trees were dying of old age. It was about an acre, & I had it for my swans. The horses had to be tethered, or would eat mother’s flowers over the wall. I made “Caleb” carry our stools – both of which I have now – 5.6.1922 – Caleb’s tooth prints are in the camp stool walking stick – pigs would root the grass, Hamilton Radcliffe I called “Lazy, said say, & sayra pig & my hair would stand up.

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: Sarah E.E. Mitchell, Catherine Mitchell, Tasmania, Australia, social history, 19th Century, Lisdillon, East Coast Tasmania, The Royal Society of Tasmania, snow, hop feast, dancing, Amy M J Mitchell, England, sketching, Wattles, swans, horses, Caleb, dogs, stool, pigs, Hamilton Radcliffe.
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
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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 05:45
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 06:36
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