Robert Bevan Letter to Laura Bevan Monday, September 1890
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Thinking a short description of this place and the people may interest you I will do my best to describe it. The town itself is very pretty, with an abundance of old mills, worked by the river which runs through it, which however are rather stale subjects to paint.
The costumes of the people are very jolly also being the same they have worn for hundreds of years[.] [end of p.1] The caps of the women, as I suppose you know vary in every village.
They look very nice at a Pardon which I suppose you have seen.
At another one near here there was the usual dancing in the village [end of p.2]
street and wrestling which was very amusing[.] Nothing but Breton is talked amongst the people, most of them knowing very little French, some none at all.
I saw a man making a new one only the other day, and assisted in beating out some flax myself yesterday.
So you see how hoplessly [sic] they are behind the times as Father would say
A certain number of English come this way but Thank Heavens we are quite free from the most objectionable sort of tourist, and I suppose as the winter comes on we shall see nobody in the way of visitors.
Will you ask somebody to get and send me a Bellows French & English Dictionary Pocket Edition Frubuer & Co London
Robert Polhill Bevan
How to cite
Robert Bevan, Letter to Laura Bevan, Monday, September 1890, reproduced, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, May 2012, http://www