London: Two watercolour journals of an unknown couple’s European holidays have raked in a huge 3,750 pounds at an auction in London.
The exquisite watercolours of European beauty spots were painted by a Victorian lady as she and her husband toured the Continent.
The books include beautiful pictures of the Swiss Alps, Bruges in Belgium and the castle at Baden in Germany.
While the identity of the couple is not known, the journals show that they toured Europe twice, in 1850 and in 1853.
And the two journals sold for 3,750 pounds at Sotheby’s in London.
“She was a talented amateur artist. We don’t know who she was, but she went with her husband and wrote that they were going to the German baths because of his ‘rheumatoid affections,’” the Daily Express quoted the deputy director of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, Richard Fattorini, as saying.
In 1850 their tour began in Brussels and included Bruges, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Homberg, Heidelberg, Baden, Lucerne and Geneva.
In 1853 the couple began in Boulogne and visited places such as Amiens, Paris, Versailles and Reims.