Treasure's description

Lazy days in the summer sun

Lazy days in the summer sun

This is a self portrait by John Addington Symonds in his hat, drawn during his first summer at Davos in Switzerland, in the summer of 1876. The dating is contemporary. It is in a family album which contains a wealth of family photographs (mainly informal), sketches, and notes recording the life of the Symonds Family. John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) lived in Clifton Hill House, Bristol (now a University of Bristol Hall of Residence) and first visited Davos in Switzerland in August 1877 in an attempt to cure his tuberculosis. He went on to build a house called Am Hof in Davos, and lived there, renting apartments in Venice in the spring and autumn. Addington Symonds' wife and daughters also moved to Am Hof, and the album records a life of gardens of flowers in the summer, and playing in the snow in the winter. Special Collections has a very extensive collection of books and archives relating to John Addington Symonds and family. DM375/1