Chengoo or Sengoo-Oung
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a pagoda at Chengoo Oung from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' by Colesworthy Grant and dated 20 August 1855. This album consists of 106 landscapes and portraits documenting the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). The mission left Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura, founded in 1782. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as official artist of the mission.
Grant wrote that: 'After four hours further journeying the traveller reaches Chengoo Oung, also on the east bank, where, on a platform surrounded by a parapet, a strikingly picturesque, rather novel shaped, and ornamented Pagoda (the subject of this sketch) crowns a commanding point of the high bank, and forms a very pictorial and prominent landmark. Vast quantities of petrified wood were here found lying about in every direction. The Palmyra appeared growing in perfection, and, in front of a kioum, surprise was felt on finding two remarkably fine cocoa-nut trees; it having been long since that tree had been met with. The poor, however, complained of the poverty of the soil, from which Rice was not obtainable, and they were about to try the cultivation of Maize. This was the last place visited before arrival at the far famed Pugàn.'