Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers

Off the Beaten Track takes us on an exhilarating journey through three centuries of travel, in the company of such women voyagers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vita Sackville West, Isabella Bird and Freya Stark Not only did women from Britain travel to the Americas, Russia and Turkey, Arabia and the Middle East, Africa and South east Asia but women from all corners of theOff the Beaten Track takes us on an exhilarating journey through three centuries of travel, in the company of such women voyagers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vita Sackville West, Isabella Bird and Freya Stark Not only did women from Britain travel to the Americas, Russia and Turkey, Arabia and the Middle East, Africa and South east Asia but women from all corners of the globe also visited Britain This book records their experiences where they went, what they looked like, how they evoked other lands and cultures in words and images, and what they brought back with them.The common link between these women travellers is that their lives are celebrated in the National Portrait Gallery collections While they all travelled for different reasons, collectively they illuminate Britain s relationship with other cultures and challenge assumptions about women s achievements.Accompanies the exhibition Off the Beaten Track at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 7 July to 31 October 2004.
Off the Beaten Track Three Centuries of Women Travellers Off the Beaten Track takes us on an exhilarating journey through three centuries of travel in the company of such women voyagers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Vita Sackville West Isabella Bird and F

  • Title: Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers
  • Author: Dea Birkett Jan Morris
  • ISBN: 9781855145269
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers”

    1. This book, published by the National Portrait Gallery is the companion book to the exhibition of the same name, in London, October 2004. To be fair, it is all about the portraits, and the short biographical piece of text that accompanies each portrait. Woman Travellers covers a fairly diverse range of women - explorers, anthropologists, archaeologists, writers, artists & scholars, and from the 18th century to the 20th century.The narrative looks to try and tie their various and varied storie [...]

    2. This was a companion book for an exhibition of the same name at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2004. I've got a fairly good collection of books by and about women travelers, and all my favorites are here: Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell, Mary Kingsley, Florence Baker, May French-Seldon, Isabella Bird, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Jane Digby the list goes on and on. Particular attention is given to those British women who made their mark as explorers and (as in the case of Bell and Lady Mary) [...]

    3. A 50th Birthday present that's taken me a while to finish. Full of great illustrations and stories but I was irritated by the format with profiles of individuals positioned in the middle of chapters that contained some of the same information.If you haven't ever explored the world of women travellers, this is a good introduction but a book to dip in and out of rather than one to absorb all at once.

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