G. Wallis Mills - Roasting Chestnuts By The Guadalquivir - Illustrations

"...whilst others, with baskets and chafing-pans, proceed to the delightful banks of the Len Baro, (The Great River, or Guadalquivir), by the Golden Tower, where, squatting on the ground and kindling their charcoal, they roast the chestnuts which, when well prepared, are the favourite bonne bouche of the Sevillians."
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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