G. Wallis Mills - The Gypsy Smith Of Granada - Illustrations

"Gathering round the forge, their bronzed and naked bodies, illuminated by the flame, appear like figures of demons; while the cave, with its flinty sides and uneven roof, blackened by the charcoal vapours which hover about it in festoons, seems to offer no inadequate representation of fabled purgatory."
An illustration from "The Zincali, An Account Of The Gypsies Of Spain" written by George Borrow,1841, illustrated by G. Wallis Mills, in an edition published by John Murray, London in 1907. George Borrow, (1803-1881), was most famous for his book, "The Bible in Spain", 1843, telling his adventures as a travelling agent for the protestant Bible Society but he had a long love affair with the roma culture, the study of which was re-kindled by his work. Amongst the thirty languages he is said to have mastered was the roma language in its many variations.

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