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Parham Hill House and sugar plantation, Antigua; tree and road with figures and cart on r, with coast and sea behind, on left field and labourers, mountains and windmill in distance. 1779
Pen and grey ink and watercolour
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Height: 372 millimetres
Width: 538 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hearne was in Antigua from 1771 to 1775, where he was employed by the Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands, Sir Ralph Payne, to make drawings. When the two men returned to England, Payne commissioned Hearne to make a series of twenty large watercolours commemorating his governorship, of which this is one. It depicts the cycle of sugar production by slave labour: cutting cane on the left, milling and boiling in the background, and transporting barrels for export on the right (see: 'Thomas Hearne 1744-1817: watercolours and drawings', exhibition catalogue, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, no.5).
Other drawings from Hearne's series of Leeward Islands views are: 'The Court House and Guard House in the Town of St John's, Antigua' (V & A); 'A View of the Barracks, Antigua' (exh, Squire Gallery, London, 1932; illustrated in Bolton exh. cat., 1985, p.37); 'The English Barracks, Antigua' (illustrated in Bolton exh. cat., 1985, p.37); 'View of Antigua: Effects produced upon the House at Clark's Hill by the Hurricane in 1772' (Christie's, London, 17.ix.98/42); and a landscape with a windmill and fort, possibly Monks Hill military station or Fort George, which was with Bloomsbury Auctions in October 2005 (see correspondence in dossier).
A note on the mount says "This is Antigua, - windmill demolished, house still standing 1971".
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1936 BM Canaletto to Constable, no no.
1985 Aug-Sept, Bolton Art Gallery, Thomas Hearne, no. 5
1999 Mar-Sep, Bristol AG, Bristol & the Transatlantic Slave Trade, no. 79
2011 Feb-May, BM P&D, Exploration, Slavery and Abolition
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