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Hon. Richard Clere PARSONS & Agnes Elizabeth PARSONS (nee BATEMAN)

An album recording the Parsons family holidays, overseas trips, and family occasions

A mixture of amateur photographs by Richard Parsons and professional work recording the places they visited

Published: [United Kingdom], 1885-1897

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Hon. Richard Clere PARSONS (1851-1923) & Agnes Elizabeth PARSONS (nee BATEMAN, 1840-1932), and others, compilors.

An album recording family holidays, overseas trips, and family occasions. [Various places: 1885-1897]. Folio (14 3/8 x 10in; 365 x 254mm). 29 card leaves, with  172  mounted photographs, most albumen prints (7 1/4 x 11 1/4in and smaller) of multiple locations in the UK and Europe (see below), all leaves annotated by a single hand with relevant details, the images by a number of different photographers including R.C. Parsons (see below).  (The condition of the photos varies [see images], but some fading, some soiling and chipping to card leaves). Contemporary red half morocco (worn, covers etached, etremities damages, spine lacking).

An interesting selection of images recording the life and travels of an upper middle class family in the latter half of the 19th century. The annotations are particularly useful as they typically give the locations, the date, who was on the trip, and, ocasionally, the name of the amateur photographers involved.

Parsons, son of the 3rd Earl of Rosse, was a distinguished engineer whose career was overshadowed by that of his brother (the Hon. Sir Charles Algernon Parsons) the inventor of the steam turbine engine. Nevertheless, Richard Parsons was very succesful professionally, both in conjunction with his brother and on his own.

Some of the photographers: A & G Mahon; 'Hogg'; 'Hudson's series'; Brut; 'C.N. & Co.'; T. Singleton & Co.; 'W.L.'; Geoffrey Parsons; James Valentine; Bedford; G. Champagne; Brogi

Some of the locations: Birr House, Gledhow, Leeds; Moor Park, Surrey; Paris Exhibition; Folkestone, Kent; the Lake District, UK; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Isle of Wight; Devon; the Channel Islands; Ireland; Sandhurst Church & Rectory; South Wales; North Wales; 'Oaklea', Surrey; South Devon; Seaford; Ramsgate; Rouen; 'Castramont', Scotland; 'Hemsworth', Yorkshire; Hastings; the New Forest; Marseilles; Toulon; Cannes; Frejus; Milan; Upper Norwood.

  • Binding Condition: Worn
  • Overall Condition: Acceptable
  • Size: Various
  • Sold By: Shadowrock Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Adam Langlands
  • Country: United States
  • Email: [email protected]
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