Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

“The most desolate place in the world” is where Mary Shelley was picnicking above the Sea of Ice [Mer de Glace], as it grinds into the Chamonix valley below. Perhaps Mary was having a bad day when she ascended Montanvert? She was tired after several hours of sitting...
Dorothy Wordsworth’s picnics (1808) and on Scawfell Pike (1818)

Dorothy Wordsworth’s picnics (1808) and on Scawfell Pike (1818)

Returning from John Wilson’s August picnic on Grasmere Island, Dorothy Wordsworth was in good spirits. Uncharacteristically effusive, she wrote to her dear friend Catherine Clarkson, “Nineteen of us were to have dined there, and were all caught in a thunder shower,...
Barbara Banks’ “A Tibetan Picnic” (1998)

Barbara Banks’ “A Tibetan Picnic” (1998)

In a pasture at 16,000 feet high surrounded by the Himalayan peaks, Barbara Bank’s Tibetan traveling companions on the road to Lhasa sit enjoying a Tibetan picnic.  The campsite is chosen not by hunger but by availability. Their motorcar is unpacked, a fire lighted,...