When Imogen met with the Viscount, before he said anything, he suggested she take the items he gave her into her luggage as fragments for the tour.  Needless to say she was intrigued.  A piece of old marble and a shard of oriental china.  He said he received them once from a potter named Orlando Non Furioso, in the famed “City of Ladies” in Lemuria, who had unearthed them from underneath his studio there.

(copyright Imogen Crest 2006.)

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Packing Cases

November 26, 2006

Rome Guide

Luggage for the Grand Tour with the Viscount has been packed with subdued anticipation.  There are maps, binoculars, paints, papers, small canvas, pen and ink, jangling coins in a leather pouch, small guidebooks, and suitable clothing.  Seasickness pills, lotions and potions, grooming requisites and bottled water fill our leather satchels and cases.  Great works of art and architecture fill our minds, treasures of the orient, great urns and vases of antiquity with tales to tell.  The breeze blows around the cool winds of the Southampton docks, and the travellers gather, expectant of warmer climes.

(copyright Imogen Crest 2006.)

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Imogen Crest is leaving from Southampton on her Grand Tour.  Her tutor is the distinguished artistic genius and entrepeneur, Viscount Armstrong Dumaurier. 

(copyright Imogen Crest 2006.)