Mary Adelaide Walker (1820 – 1905), British

Mary Adelaide Walker was a British traveller. Her brother was the British chaplain in Istanbul during the 1850’s. She must have arrived in Istanbul soon after the Crimean war, around 1856, and stayed in the East for approximately forty years. While in the Ottoman capital, she met Lady Hornby, known for her chronicle “Constantinople during the Crimean War” and illustrated her work.


In 1860, Walker followed her brother to Thessaloniki, as he took up a position as vicar in that city. She was thus able to make a grand tour of Northern Greece. From Istanbul, she travelled to Kavala and Philippoi via the Dardanelles. Subsequently, she sailed around Mount Athos peninsula to Thessaloniki and continued on to Pella, Edessa, Bitola (Monastir), Ohrid, Castoria and Florina. She wrote several books on her travels in modern-day European Turkey and especially Bithynia, as well as works dealing with the customs and traditions of the Ottoman empire. The lithographs of this edition were based on M.A. Walker’s drawings.

She wrote and illustrated at least two books related to Macedonia:

  • “Old tracks and new landmarks, wayside sketches in Crete, Macedonia, Mythene, etc.”, published in 1896 (describing and illustrating the life in Ohrid, Bitola and Aegean Macedonia regions)
  • “Through Macedonia to the Albanian Lakes”, published in 1864 also describing the south western parts of Macedonia.

A collection of original drawings of M.A. Walker, including the original illustrations from Ochrida and Castoria were sold by the auction house Christie’s London, UK in December 1992 (lot number 89).

Mary A. Walker XIX-XX
Mary A. Walker XIX-XX
Mary A. Walker XIX-XX Illustration Ochrida and St.-Naum Monastery from her book-“Old Tracks and New Landmarks”-1896.

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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