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A unique album of sketches from a female traveller that give a rare insight into the idyllic life of the South Pacific before the onset of steam powered travel opened up the remote islands to European culture, have sold for £14,375.
The 'naive' watercolour pictures depict spear-carrying tribal warriors living in mud huts and coastal landscapes dotted with palm trees and exotic fruits.
The illustrations were the work of a female passenger on a ship that spent six months sailing from Hobart in Tasmania, across the South Pacific, round Cape Horn and across the Atlantic to reach England in 1848.
A small watercolour book of hand drawn and coloured images of India sold in the same auction for £690.