- Museum number
- Object: Cookin for a Shooting party in the jungle - near Tamblegam - District of Trincomalle - 1824 -
A pen and black ink drawing with grey wash of a cooking scene near a large tree, servants squat near a fire with steaming cooking pots on it, round about are various pieces of hunting and picnic equipment: guns, powder flask, bottles, tea kettle, lota. Inscribed and dated.
On the reverse is a well-finished drawing in the same medium of a set of roadside houses with peaked plank roofs and a dormer in European style, in the distance a wide harbour with ships and in the middle ground a sari-clad (?) woman with a basket on her head. At the front of one of the houses a woman sits beside a table covered with goods (a shop?, bazaar?). Behind the houses is a palm tree. Probably a view part of Grande Riviere, Mauritius (see Curatorial Comment).
- Production date
- 1824 (?)
Height: 14.80 centimetres
Width: 21.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- From an album titled: "Worthless Scraps from Many Lands".
The scene on the reverse seems likely to be a view of a group of roadside houses and a small shop, near a water mill, identical or very similar to that in 1997.11-9.093 though taken from the opposite direction. The dormer window, peaked roofs, plank construction of the roof and the small shop projecting on to a table in front of the house are features shared by each drawing. Though the image may not have been taken from exactly the same place as that of 093, the similarities between them are enough to suggest a very close relationship in architectural terms and the identification of the reverse of 1997.11-9.0146 with a settlement in Mauritius and not Sri Lanka (as is the scene on the obverse).
- Not on display
- The drawing is cut down on all four sides and the reverse image is particularly diminished by this process.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Prior to acquisition by the BM the collection was kept in Vancouver (Canada) by the vendor who was a descendant of the artist.
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