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Chest or box made of cedar wood; carved and painted, and with lid.
- Production date
Height: 52 centimetres
Length: 85 centimetres
Width: 48 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See McLennan and Duffek 'The transforming image' p 236 for images of four similar chests including this one described as of yellow cedar and having been carved by Captain Carpenter. The number is given slightly eroneously as 'Am 1944.2197' as opposed to 'Am 1944.2.197'
- On display (G26/dc8)
- Exhibition history
2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM Room 24: Wellcome Trust Gallery, dc4, Living and Dying
2011 2 Mar-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northwest Coast of America"
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This object formed part of a collection obtained on the Northwest Coast by Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Edmund Hope Verney, commander of the gunboat HMS Grappler. The collection was shipped from the Northwest Coast to his family home at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire in three installments: February 1863, March 1864 and December 1864. It is possible that this chest was the one listed as No. 2 "large carved Indian chest" in his list of March 1864. Some uncertainty exists however as a photograph taken at the Claydon House private museum in 1902 illustrates this object on a shelf (right of picture) alongside a second, very similar chest: only one chest appears in the lists. The Verney collection was broken up and sold at auction in 1931. Collector Harry G. Beasley acquired a number of items from the Verney auction for his own Cranmore Museum in Essex, including this object. Following Beasley's death in 1939 his collection was dispersed with much of it, including this object, being donated to the British Museum in 1944.
For more information see:
-'Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney 1862-1865', ed. Allan Pritchard. Vancouver 1996
-'Provenance, twelve collectors of ethnographic art in England 1760-1990', Hermione Waterfield and J.C.H.King, Paris 2006
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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