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Illustrated holiday diary of Mabel Pratt: English tours and Spain, 1960, 1964

MS. Top. gen. c. 128

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Hardback notebook containing journals of holidays in England in 1960 and 1964 and a holiday in Spain, 1960. Diary entries are accompanied by pen-and-ink sketches and watercolours. There is a note by Mabel on the front pastedown, 'This journal ... contains the best of my sketches, and also it has the account of the last of my many happy safaris with bicycle, tent and sketch book.' It also contains a loose page of biographical notes. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 3-17) 'Biding at Beckley', solo cycling and camping trip to Beckley, Oxfordshire, with drawings of Old Marston and Beckley, 26-30 Jun 1960
  2. (fols. 18-55) 'Studies and Sketches in Suffolk', annual holiday with her husband, Charles, in Southwold, containing drawings of Southwold, Dunwich, Thorpness, Aldeburgh, Orford, Flatford, Dedham-on-Stour, East Bergholt, Holland-on-Sea and Wrabness, 22 Jul-6 Aug 1960
  3. (fols. 56-87) 'Holiday in Spain' with her friend, Kathleen Rose, staying in Castro-Urdiales in northern Spain, containing black and white photographs, colour postcard, watercolours and pen-and-ink sketches of Castro-Urdiales and Laredo, 26 Aug-10 Sep 1960
  4. (fols. 86-102) 'Swan Song', solo cycling and camping trip to Dinton in Buckinghamshire, with paintings and drawings of Dinton, Cuddington and Westlington, 2-5 Sep 1964
  5. (fols. 103-114) 'Postscript', solo cycling and camping trip to Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, 22-25 Sep 1964
  6. (fols. 116-117) two black and white photographs of Mabel, one with her bicycle ready loaded and the other sitting outside her tent
  7. (fol. 128) typescript page of biographical notes about the author.


  • Creation: 1960, 1964


128 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. gen. c. 128

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom