Vedder's chronicling begins in Cairo, Nov. 25th, 1889, last dated entry (with year) reads "left Rome 23d July 1891." He describes his travel by boat and documents when he receives correspondence from his wife. The last pages of the diary have various phrases in transliterated Arabic alongside their English translations, such as "what is it called" and "I want this washed." Text is interspersed with sketches which depict landscapes, camels, and a ship. Some of the landscapes are captioned: "Meydoum"; "opposite our morning place in Cairo"; "Coptic Naesi near Zowyeh, city of Isis"; and "Balvano." Tucked into the back of the diary are business cards (including one of John Sargent), and an Italian booklet of the Catholic feast days which Vedder has annotated.
Elihu Vedder travel diary, between 1889 and 1891. Elihu Vedder papers, 1804-1969, bulk 1840-1923. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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