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CAINE, William Sproston (1842-1903)
[Original Ink Drawing of Nikko, Japan, used for the Illustration in W.S. Caine's "A Trip Around the World in 1887-8", London: Routledge, 1888].
[1887-8]. Ink on paper, ca. 16x26 cm (6 ¼ x 10 ¼ in). Captioned in ink and pencil on the lower margin. Recently matted. One and a half inches surface abrasion on the outer right margin near lower border, otherwise a very good drawing. Original ink drawing captioned "Nikko Japan" and used as the illustration to p. 176 - "Row of Buddhas at Nikko: Nan-Tai-San Mountains in the Distance". "The next morning we went up the valley to get a view of the Nikko range, following a path by the banks of a stream full of trout, bordered by luxuriant and varied vegetation gloriuos in autumn gold and copper. Two miles from Nikko we reach the famous images of Amida Buddha, arranged in a long row of many hundreds by the river-side, contemplating with great serenity of countenance (unless their heads have been knocked off by Shinto blasphemers), the noble range of which Nantai-san is the centre and summit. It is supposed to be impossible to count this long row of images, and while the rest of the party engaged in the attempt to do so, I made sketch of the beautiful landscape..." (p. 177). 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). Four other ink drawings used as illustrations for the book and depicting the scenery of British Columbia are now in the B.C. Archives.