Peter Orlando Hutchinson's Diary of a Devon Antiquary: The Illustrated Journals & Sketchbooks 1871-1894 (Hardback)Jeremy Butler (author)
Hardback Published: 22/11/2010
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Peter Orlando Hutchinson spent all his adult life in Sidmouth, Devon. The son of a doctor and a man of adequate means, he was able to pursue a wide range of interests extraordinary even by Victorian standards.Everything interested him, from fishermen's tales to international politics, and into his diary went such details as precise astronomical measurements, the latest methods of preserving telegraph poles, the design of an iron-clad gunboat he proposed to the government, and the result of testing explosive shells of his own design on Sidmouth beach. His many talents matched his interests whether performing on the flute or French Horn in public concerts in Exeter, carving decorative stonework for the newly restored Sidmouth church, or building his home the Old Chancel, out of discarded fragments of churches in the vicinity. His pioneering geological observations and archaeological researches arc now of special value, particularly his mapping of Bronze Age burial mounds of south-east Devon, many of which have now disappeared. Above all, it is as an artist and inveterate recorder of what he saw and heard that makes Hutchinson
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Edition: Special signed limited slipcased ed
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