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This Favoured Land

Edward King-Tenison and Lady Louisa in Spain, 1850–1853

Lee Fontanella

In the wake of the Irish potato famine, Edward King-Tenison, a sometime Irish politician of the liberal order and one of the first masterful photographers of Spain, and his wife, Lady Louisa Mary Anne Anson, the eldest daughter of the 1st Earl of Lichfield, left their estate of Kilronan in County Roscommon, Ireland, to reside and travel in Andalusia and, later, in Castile. The remarkable adventure on which these Irish nobles embarked in mid-nineteenth-century Spain led to a husband-and-wife team of astonishing cultural production. While Tenison focused on photography, Lady Louisa chronicled their travels, producing sketches and establishing relations on an international level with other artists, who collaborated in her illustrated chronicle. This book documents the fascinating travels of this couple and presents their work to a new readership.

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Chapter 5: Tracing the Spanish sojourn: Calendar, general route and excursions


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Tracing the Spanish sojourn: Calendar, general route and excursions

In the course of my explanations of Lady Louisa’s travel account and of the visual-arts undertakings of E. K. Tenison, Louisa and Egron Lundgren, I have made numerous references to their specific travels, and I have included whenever possible precise or approximate dates of places in which the Tenisons were located during their sojourn in Spain. What follows is as close an approximation as can be derived from Lady Louisa’s account, or deduced from the activities and visual production (sometimes dated) that resulted from their travels. I have made clear where this narration is not speculative, rather precise. Unfortunately, more dates have had to be deduced, as opposed to precise, but even in those cases, there has been no guessing without some good reason to do so.

This amounts, then, to a mapping of their sojourn, so the following is not a mere chronology of events, but also as thorough as possible a graphic design of where they went. It will be obvious to the careful reader of Lady Louisa’s account that her exposition of sites visited is not chronological; sometimes not even nearly so. For example, Córdoba is assessed near the end of the travel account, although the Tenisons stayed in Córdoba in September 1852, and merely passed through it in 1853. Strictly speaking, Louisa Tenison’s account is not a chronicle, my own terminology throughout notwithstanding;...

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