Adventures with a Sketch Book

Adventures with a Sketch Book

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...water I was doomed to come across pontoons or some other evidences of military bridge building. In desperation I turned to the open spaces of the sky above, only to discern airships and monoplanes at strategic exercises. There was no alternative but to confine my attention to the interior of the town, which is rich in old riverside houses and quaint streets. The Meuse flows through Verdun in various branches. The main river, shown in sketch on page 88, is the route which is navigable for barges, but the smaller waterways, called 'canals, ' are well worth exploring. One of these 'canals ' is a narrow stream flowing through a congestion of ancient houses, andbridgedhere and there by narrow roads and pathways. At the point where it disappears under a mill to join the main river again I have made a sketch. One on side is I MOPPED IT OUT WITH W.-TER the Church of St. _ FROM THE RIVER Sauveur, and on the other an array of wooden buildings with quaint galleries and projecting eaves forming part of a tannery. The place is very much hidden, and I should never have discovered it in the short time left to me at Verdun had it not been for an infallible method of exploration. Two things are necessary in finding out the most sketchable bits of an old Continental town--a sense of line and a sense of smell. Of the two the sense of smell comes first, because it leads you on to the most picturesque bits and the degree of picturesqueness is indicated by the degree of smell, after the manner of the ' hot and cold ' in a game of hide and seek. On this occasion I was making my way down a somewhat dull back street when I encountered the most appalling smell that I have ever smelled. It came down the road like a solid thing, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913221
  • 9781236913227