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Illustrated holiday diaries of Mabel A. Pratt


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Holiday diaries, containing accomplished topographical and architectural pen-and-ink sketches and watercolours, mainly covering English locations and particularly Oxfordshire, 1938-1968. They also contain photographs and memorabilia, and (MS. Top. gen. c. 128, fol. 128) biographical notes on the author.


  • Creation: 1938-1968


2.9 Linear metres (29 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. gen. c. 123].

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MSS. Top. gen. c. 123-128, d. 77-98, e. 137

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13759


Illustrated holiday diaries of Mabel A. Pratt

Biographical / Historical

Mabel A. Pratt (1899-1986), née Wreford, was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1899. She was educated at Perth Methodist Ladies College and moved to London with her family in 1920. She attended Hetherley's Art School where she met Charles Pratt. They married in 1927 and after a few years in Luton they settled in Oxford. They had three children, of whom two survived, Margaret and Roger. Mabel toured England extensively by bicycle often camping or staying in youth hostels. She recorded her holidays in words and pen-and-ink sketches and later, watercolours, in her 'Sketching Journals'. When her husband Charles retired in 1965 they moved to Perth, Western Australia, where their two children had already settled. Her husband died in 1976 and she died in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the library by Mabel Pratt's daughter, Mrs Margaret Jobson, 2 Dec 1987.

Illustrated holiday diaries of Mabel A. Pratt
Original catalogue by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2023 by C. McIlwaine
EAD version 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom