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CAINE, William Sproston (1842-1903)
[Original Watercolour of the Selkirk Mountains, Canadian Rockies, used for the Illustration in W.S. Caine's "A Trip Around the World in 1887-8", London: Routledge, 1888].
[1887-8]. Watercolour and ink with touches of gouache on paper, ca. 12x12,5 cm (4 ¾ x 5 in). Captioned in ink in the lower margin. Recently matted. The edge of the lower margin with some part of the caption lost, otherwise a very good watercolour. Original watercolour captioned "The Hermit Range. Selkirk Mountains" and used as the illustration to p. 92. "The Hermit Range, so named from its fancied resemblance to a Monk St. Bernard followed by his dog, is as fine a group of snow mountains as the world can furnish" (p. 102). W.S. Caine, a British politician and Temperance advocate, travelled around the world with his daughter Hannah in August 1887 - March 1886. He went across the Atlantic Ocean on a steam liner from Liverpool to Quebec, then crossed Canada overland through the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia, went on a steamer from Vancouver to San Francisco and continued his trip to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon and India. Caine's numerous sketches and photographs taken during the journey were used as illustrations to his book, some in the original state, and some being reworked "by my old friend, Mr. John Pedder, of Maidenhead, who has evolved the greater portion of the illustrations, with accuracy and artistic skill" (Caine. A Trip around the World, p. x).