FROM LUOGOSANTO TO PALAU
by John Warre Tyndale
Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty
The arbutus and erica in many instances rivalled the forest trees, constantly measuring fifty feet high and twelve in circumference, and finer in their general character than those so celebrated in the north part of the island of Madeira.
The erica arborea is particularly abundant, and the other species seemed to be countless. Nothing could be more exquisite than the mixture of the dark tints of the trees with the varied hues of these and other shrubs, and the glens and ravines were all that the poet and painter could conjure up in the most fanciful reveries. […]
On approaching it, the famished individuals, who seemed to have scented my provisions from afar, came up to me, and the silent thankfulness with which they devoured the portions I gave them, was very expressive.
As soon as it was recognised to be the passage-boat coming over for us, a vigorous assault took place on the rest of the provisions, there being no occasion for thought for the morrow. The remaining cold fried trout, the bones of Iamb, and the last drop of my little barrel of wine, were finished as the boat touched the Parao shore; and congratulating ourselves in bumpers on our excessive good luck, we embarked, and in half an hour were across the little channel.
SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
19th Century Paintings, Drawings and Lithographs
Michel Antony Shrapnel Biddulph, Valley of the Liscia, ca 1858, IN Thomas Forester, Rambles in the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, London, Longman. Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858; 1861.
Alessio Pittaluga, “The Gallura shepherd”, ca 1826, IN Royaume de Sardaigne dessiné sur les lieux. Costumes par A. Pittaluga [lithography engraved by Philead Salvator Levilly], Paris – P. Marino, Firenze – Antonio Campani, 1826, rist. Carlo Delfino 2012.
Postcards and Photos, Late 19th/Early 20th Century
coll. Alberto Maisto, IN Gallura flashback, ieri e oggi – past and present, Carlo Delfino, 2013.
coll. Erennio Pedroni
Gianni GDO – Flickr, Aurelio Candido – Flickr, Immacolata Ziccanu – Flickr, Roberto Oggiano – Flickr.