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The naturalist and ornithologist George Clayton Atkinson (1808-1877) set out from Newcastle in 1831 with his brother Dick and the artist William Train to explore the Western Isles and remote St Kilda. The manuscript journals of his travels, richly embellished with watercolours and drawings, offer a vivid portrait of the islands and islanders, and also record their songs and shanties. The journals are edited by David A Quine, with an introduction, notes and a short biography of Atkinson.
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George Clayton Anderson (1808-77) was only twenty-three when he set out from Newcastle in 1831 with his brother, Dick, and the professional artist William Train to explore the Western isles and remote St Kilda. The following year he journeyed to the Shetlands and in 1833 returned again to Skye and the Western Isles while on his way to the Faroes. Atkinson was a keen naturalist, founder member of the Natural History Society of Northumberland and Durham and Newcastle, and a friend of the engraver Thomas Beckwith. His travels brought him into contact with such giants of the day as William MacGillivray, Dr William Hooker and John Scoular. His keen interest in birds led him to become the first curator of the ornithological section of the Hancock Museum, an interest reflected in his descriptions of the bird-life of these islands. The large leather-bound journals chronicling their adventures, and largely unknown outside his family, were richly embellished with original watercolours and drawings of his tours, made by some of the finest local artists of the day.While vividly resurrecting a living, breathing portrait of those whose lives added such a a colour to the landscape, his diary also reveals a community in the painful throes of transition and at a watershed between the ancient and the modern. About the Author:
David A. Quine has been a keen naturalist since his schooldays. He has had a long-standing interest in Scottish islands - St Kilda in particular - which he has visited many times since 1977. He is the author of three books on St Kilda; one a general description, the second about the people and the third a guide to the archipelago. His interest in birds and islands has taken him to the pembrokeshire islands, the Hebrides, the Orkneys, Shetlands, Fair Isles, Faeroes, Iceland, Lofoten and Spitzbergen. In 1980 he was elected fellow of the Linnean Society. Retired from teaching, he now lives in the Lake District, enjoying writing, travelling and water-colour painting.
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Book Description MacLean Press, Isle of Skye, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Original colour watercoloures and drawings by the author (illustrator). 1st Edition. New. Seller Inventory # 018047