[June 1, 2011
The Lake Country-Sketchbook , June 23-July 18th 1863
In addition to a number of studies on the flora of the Lakes, two sketchbooks of Linton with landscape views have come down to us. One is in the collection of Yale University, another in the Linton-Archive of the Melton Prior Institute. The latter contains watercolours and drawings made during hikes in the North East of the Lakes along a route between Lake Ullswater and the Helvellyn from June 23 to July 18, 1863. Both sketchbooks served to prepare a series of one hundred wood engravings which he made for a literary travel guide of his third wife, the writer Eliza Lynn. It was published in an extravagant edition under the title The Lake Country in 1864. The pictorial shows the complete 13 x 8 cm pocket-sketchbook in conjunction with the worked-out engravings.