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Livingstone refers to enclosures not included in this item that are apparently sketches "I should like as woodcuts."
26 Jany 1865
My Dear Mr. Murray,
I enclose a few rude sketches which I should like as woodcuts, but they are so bad I fear that it will tax the artists skill to make them out. The left hand figure is a hand net in use on Lake Aywona and is very like the one figured on the first or opening page of Vol II of life of Normandy (Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh) only the Norman one has not the bar across to the two poles asunder. Then a sleeve stick the head being put through the fork and an iron bar keep it in -- The other end being tied to a tree or hut at night. The bellows consists of two wooden vessels & wooden nozzles which go into a clay nozzle at the fire -- The soft loose leather drum fashion across the mouths of the vessel have a piece of stick inserted in the centre of each & the quick up & down motion of the sticks gives a draught or blast. Another drawing of the Pioneer at Quillimane is a composition by a lady and I send it because friends say have plenty of pictures -- The hammer is a bit of stick stuck through a block of iron a little bent as in this drawing If you think them advisable as woodcuts they may be sent to the Artists -- The paddle boxes of the steamer should reach the water--
I am etc.
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David Livingstone, John Murray, sketches, woodcuts, hand net, Lake Aywona, fishing net, Quillimane, Newstead Abbey, Mansfield
Cultural History | History
Livingstone, David, "Letter from David Livingstone to John Murray regarding ideas for woodcuts, January 26, 1865." (1865). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 279.
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