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Travels in Babylonia, Assyria, Media and Scythia

Travels in Babylonia, Assyria, Media and Scythia

George Thomas Keppel, sixth earl of Albemarle (1799–1891), was an army officer, who was present at the Battle of Waterloo, and later served as an aide-de-camp to the Governor-general of India, the Marquess of Hastings. He was Whig MP for East Norfolk, from 1832-1835. He succeeded his brother as 6th Earl of Albemarle in March 1851. As well as serving as a soldier he wrote books on his travels including a work on India, and Personal narrative of travels in Babylonia, Assyria, Media, and Scythia in the Year 1824. This illustration of Keppel in his travelling clothes comes from the 3rd edition of his 'Travels in Babylonia…' which was published in London in 1827, and which Special Collections was given from the library of Oskar Teichman. A group of friends set off from the Presidency of Bombay in January 1824, on board the ship Alligator. The book gives an interesting account of people, places, and sights seen along the way, with illustrations of some buildings. As people's thoughts run to holidays would one be tempted to wear this costume, or something practical with pockets, which is waterproof?