Campbell (Nineteenth Century), Elizabeth
IItaly, 'Scylla [Scilla] - 27th Apr 1825' (sic). Watercolour. Inscribed and dated, 1825. Provenance: An album of watercolours by Elizabeth Campbell. 4.5x7.5 inches.

£275

“As we drew nearer the straights of Messina on our left were the fine cliffs of Calabria, the town and rock of Scylla, which disappointed me much. It is a brown rock with a castle on the top, not very high, nor isolated, nor pointed, nor anything my fancy had formed and the famed Charybdis, now Carilla, is the caused by two currents meeting and which may, in days of early navigation have caused great alarm, for we saw a ship miss ___ in the straights and she put about and cast anchor (blowing very fresh) fearful of venturing the whole of the Calabrian coast being shallow and dangerous. Once through the pass the water widens from one mile to three, etc.”

This work appears in the Group: ELIZABETH CAMPBELL - SICILY 1825

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“As we drew nearer the straights of Messina on our left were the fine cliffs of Calabria, the town and rock of Scylla, which disappointed me much. It is a brown rock with a castle on the top, not very high, nor isolated, nor pointed, nor anything my fancy had formed and the famed Charybdis, now Carilla, is the caused by two currents meeting and which may, in days of early navigation have caused great alarm, for we saw a ship miss ___ in the straights and she put about and cast anchor (blowing very fresh) fearful of venturing the whole of the Calabrian coast being shallow and dangerous. Once through the pass the water widens from one mile to three, etc.”