London : Hurst & Blackett, 1901
First Edition. Large 8vo. (24cm) xii, 472 pp. Sixty-eight photographic plates (two of which are in colour, all taken by the author on her travels through Mexico). Titlepage lettered in black and red; contemporary red cloth, gilt lettering to the spine; top edge gilt. A very good copy.
Ethel Tweedie was a photographer, travel writer and watercolourist; her published works included her own sketches and paintings. Returning from a two-year journey in the Near East, she exhibited three hundred watercolour sketches in 1921 at the Alpine Gallery in London, and continued with other one-woman shows over the following years. A year before her death in 1940 she presented over five hundred sketches to the Navy League, the Royal Empire Society and the Royal Central Asian Society. Tweedie was an keen advocate of women’s rights and women’s suffrage. She was astute and flexible in adapting the practical habits of others she met on her travels. When travelling in Iceland in 1886, rather than riding side-saddle she quickly adapted the Icelandic women’s habit of riding astride a horse – radical behaviour for a British woman of that era. She later wrote, “Necessity gives courage in emergencies. I determined therefore to throw aside conventionality, and do in Iceland as the Icelanders do.”
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