My School and My Gospel

Name of traveller

Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914)

Reason for travel

  • study of landscape for painting

Date of travel

undated, but references in Herkomer's autobiography allow dating to April-May 1881

An under-gamekeeper of my friend's attended to us and did the cooking. He was quite a character, and his particular fancy was to keep all the tea-leaves from our tea-pot and boil them. If ever there was a poisonous drink it was the tea he consumed, taken from those boiled leaves. However, it was alcohol that killed him a few years later, and not the tea. (Herkomer 125)


  • art:
    • taking inspiration for painting from working on location for longer periods
    • camp consisted of bespoke tents with wooden floors and small painting huts that can be moved about
  • people:
    • accompanied by his first wife and children
    • a messenger provides them with food and newspapers
  • terrain: wild landscapes and the perils of Welsh weather
  • compare with account in Herkomer's autobiography, The Herkomers
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Type of publication

illustrated essay


Herkomer, Hubert von. My School and My Gospel. London: A. Constable, 1908. 123-9. Print.