Zoungyan-doung, from the Steamer
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a view of Zingyandoung seen from a river steamer from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' by Colesworthy Grant. This album consists of 106 landscapes and portraits of Burmese and Europeans documenting the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878).
The mission took place after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 and the annexation by the British of the Burmese province of Pegu (Bago). It was despatched by the Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie on the instructions of the East India Company, to attempt to persuade King Mindon to sign a treaty formally acknowledging the extension of British rule over the province. The mission started out from Rangoon and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) to the royal capital at Amarapura. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as the official artist of the mission. In recognition of his skill, he was presented with a gold cup and ruby ring by the Burmese King.
This view was described by Grant as follows: 'From the frontier to this place, the scenery of the Irrawaddy, with its long range of densely clad hills on the west (whilst the eastern is low and frequently park like), always commanding admiration, continues imposing and beautiful...On approaching the village of Zoung-gyan Doung, the first halting place of the Mission in the Burman territories, the hills which had lined and beautified, with their purple masses, the western shore, began to recede, and very shortly after leaving this place, disappeared. It was from one of the elevations at this spot that the view of the surrounding scenery is obtained, the romantic beauty of which so excited the admiration of Colonel Symes. A portion of the wooded Island of Loongyee is seen on the right of the sketch.'