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Governor of Pagân

Governor of Pagân

Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: WD540(83)

Item number: 54083

Length: 390

Width: 278

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of the Myit-sing-woon or Governor of Pagan (Bagan) 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 documenting the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). Inscribed with the sitter's signature in Burmese script.

The mission started from Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura in central Burma. It was despatched by the Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie, with the aim of persuading King Mindon to sign a treaty formally acknowledging the extension of British rule over the province. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as official artist and Linnaeus Tripe as photographer. The Burmese King presented Grant with a gold cup and ruby ring in recognition of his skill. Together with a privately-printed book of notes, a number of his drawings were used for illustrations to Henry Yule’s ‘A Narrative of the mission sent by the Governor General of India to the Court of Ava in 1855’ published in 1858. Pagan (Bagan) was the royal capital of an extensive Burmese kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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