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ISBN: 9780857040770
AUTHOR: Jeremy Butler
Diary of A Devon Antiquary
Diary of A Devon Antiquary
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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’s diaries and sketchbooks such a valuable and interesting addition to the literature of Devon. It is these that are brought together and published in this superbly illustrated book.

The text for this work is based on Hutchinson’s five volume diary now held in the Devon Record Office, supplemented here and there with extracts from letters and other manuscript sources. The illustrations come from six volumes of sketchbooks, also held in the DRO. These contain hundreds of watercolours, many of which are miniature masterpieces. Other watercolours and fine pen-and-ink sketches are taken from the diaries, from manuscripts sent to the Society of Antiquaries in London, from Hutchinson's manuscript history of Sidmouth (in the West Country Studies Library), and elsewhere, totalling over 450 illustrations.

Jeremy Butler is best known for his five-volume work The Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities long held to be the premier archaeological study of that landscape.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 075 6 (standard edition), 978 0 85704 077 0 (slipcased edition), hardback, 297x210mm, 200 pages. Published Novemver 2010.

 
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