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This is a double-matted and framed anniversary piece that centers on Hilaire Belloc's book entitled The Path to Rome, which describes the author’s personal pilgrimage from France to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

The anniversary couple has a keen interest in both history and literature. Therefore, the husband commissioned this piece in response to those interests, and to parallel-represent their journey together in marriage with that of the author’s journey for enlightenment.

Gouache and watercolor were used for the map, a ruling pen for the couple’s names, and a Mitchell roundhand metal nib #3 for the date (lettered in the Rustica hand). Salt crystals were sprinkled into the slightly wet watercolor and allowed to absorb the pigment, drying to create the textures found in the water and terrain. Though the photos do not readily show this following detail, the mountain ranges of both the Alps and the Apennines were emphasized further by hand embossing the paper to provide a 3-dimensional quality.

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