My Italian Sketchbook is a travelogue made with watercolour paintings. The illustrations are drawn by Florine Asch for her Grand Tour of Italy. Included right at the start are two well written stories on the history of Grand Tour, and on Asch's work.
The Grand Tour was the traditional travel of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. You can read more about the Grand Tour on wikipedia.
Covered in the book are places such as Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sicily. Captured in watercolour are the amazing architecture of Italian buildings, their people and way of life. The paintings are captioned with personal notes and sometimes with quotes from Asch's favourite books.
The hardcover is actually clothed cardboard with a white textured paper pasted over it for the cover art.
If you like this artistic style, also check out My Paris Sketchbook by Alain Bouldouyre.
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