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Three Months Passed In The Mountains East Of Rome, During The Year 1819. By Maria Graham, Author Of Journal Of A Residence In India.

Lady Maria Callcott

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown Paternoster-Row; And A. Constable And Co. Edinburgh., 1820.

Physical Description

vii, [iii], 305, [1] p., frontis., [5] pl.; 217 mm. (Octavo.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - Preface - Errata; Directions For Placing The Plates - [Text, with plates] - Appendix [I-IV]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

In her Preface the author states that 'The sketches from which the engravings are done were made by Mr. Charles Eastlake'. The frontispiece and the five plates are all signed as drawn by 'C.L.E.' and engraved by I. Clark.

Each carries the publishers' imprint of Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown.

The printer is named on the t.p. verso and on the verso of the last page of text: 'Printed by A. and R. Spottiswoode, Printers-Street, London'.


Travel In Aquatint And Lithography 1770-1860 From The Library Of J.R. Abbey ... A Biblliographical Catalogue Volume I (1956, repr. 1972, 1991), no.168, p. 151 [describes the second edition].

D. Robertson, Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian art world (1978).

Summary Note

Before her marriage to Augustus Wall Callcott R.A. in 1827, Maria Callcott had been the widow of Thomas Graham (d. 1822). With Graham she had travelled in India (1810-11), Italy (1818-20) and south America. This account of her travels in Italy with her husband and Charles Eastlake includes descriptions of the life of the country people of Lazio and the activities of brigands in the region.

The plates show: [frontis.] Scene at the Gate of Poli. Winnowing corn; [1] Costume of Poli; [2] Costume of Guadagnola; [3] Station of Banditti near Guadagnola; [4] Peasants in Search of Banditti; [5] Costume of Banditti. These are uncoloured aquatints, printed in sepia.

A second edition of the work was published in 1821 - in some copies of which the plates are said to appear in a different order.

Eastlake had arrived in Rome in 1816, and remained there for fourteen years. After preparing the illustrations for this book, he made eight paintings of brigands which were exhibited in London at the British Institution in 1823-5. They proved a popular subject. Some were afterwards engraved in mezzotint, and some formed the basis of the stage-designs for Planché's play, The Brigand (1829). Eastlake's first paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy (1823) were also views of Rome.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Three Months Near Rome - Graham', spine lettered 'R. A.' and 'London 1820'.

Name as Subject


British - Italians - Social life and customs - Brigands and robbers - Rural areas - Costume - Dress - Italy - Lazio - Poli - Rome - Description and travel - History - 19th century
Memoirs - Biography - Travel literature - Travel sketches - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century