European Travels, June 23-August 16, 1928
Title: European Travels, June 23-August 16, 1928
Creator: Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972.
Subjects: Americans--Foreign countries--Diaries; Europe--Description and travel; London (England)--Description and travel; Travelers--Europe; Mascagni, Pietro, 1863-1945. Cavalleria rusticana; Art museums; Ocean travel; Olympics; Opera--Italy--20th century;
Place: New York, United States; England, United Kingdom; Scotland, United Kingdom;
Time Period: (1900-1929) North Carolina's industrial revolution and World War One;
Description: A cloth-bound composition book, measuring 6.5 x 8.25 inches, and totaling 119 unnumbered pages. In the years prior to Pittman's first trip to Europe and the British Isles, he was a student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1925-1926, and regularly studied art during summers in Woodstock, New York (1920-1931). The first entries reflect his observations and social interactions aboard the ocean liner across the Atlantic to France, The Majestic. Pittman's subsequent entries record events and impressions of Europe and England and Scotland. These entries suggest that the primary purpose of his tour was to study, experience, and to list his favorite masterpieces held by major art museums and galleries of Western Europe and England. Additionally, he sought to experience scenery, landscapes, and prominent historical sites and landmarks such as cathedrals, palaces, houses, and gardens of royalty, and of various historic, political, and literary figures. Along the way, Pittman wrote of numerous sketches he made at every opportunity, many of which were transformed into a series of watercolors. He also noted his occasional enthusiasm for beer and wine, his impressions of hotels, and listed a variety of social interactions that he had with members of the tour, including a professor of French, Mr. Michel; a Miss Hinckle; and other young women. He also recorded his impressions of a number of cultural events, including operas such as Aida, Thais, Cavelleria rusticana, and Pagliacci. The latter two were conducted by Pietro Mascagni in Venice in one performance, which ended at two in the morning. Pittman notes his arrival in Amsterdam, Netherlands during the 1928 Summer Olympics, and later meeting members of the swim team of the Empire of Japan on the train. These included Hiroshi Yoneyama, who won a silver medal as part of the freestyle relay event. The volume ends with the first phase of Pittman's London and environs tour, which commenced on August 13.
Rights: This item is provided courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.
Physical Characteristics: 127 pages;
Collection: Hobson Pittman Papers. State Archives of North Carolina
Local call no.: PC.1620
MARS ID: 2130
Digital Collection: Travel Perspectives
Digital Format: image/jpeg
Repository: North Carolina Digital Collections
Source: From: Travel Perspectives