The Teresian Pilgrimage of a Nineteenth Century Flemish Artist by Iris Mary Dunbar OCD
Sister Iris Mary Dunbar OCD has given us this story of M. Hye Hoys, a pious layman and an architect by profession who left Ghent on 1 March 1866. This was his home town and he was accompanied by his wife. They set off for Spain where they intended to visit all those places where St Teresa of Avila, the reformer of the Carmelites, had lived. His aim was to collect, with the aid of a pen and pencil, everything tending to the glory of that great Saint. They were aware of the difficulties of transport, extremes of climate and so on, but they were resolutely determined to overcome them. They found travel in Spain in the 1860’s very little changed from the sixteenth century. The rural customs and style of dress too were very little different from what Teresa would have known. M Hey Hoy had an eye for noticing detail and added bits of local colour which made his sketches full of life.
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