Moung-Gya-oo. Mugway Mengyee - Chief Woongee, or Prime Minister of State
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Moung Gya-oo, the Burmese Chief Minister, at Amarapura in Burma (Myanmar) from 'A Series of Views in Burmah taken during Major Phayre’s Mission to the Court of Ava in 1855' by Colesworthy Grant in 1855. This album consists of 106 landscapes and portraits of Burmese and Europeans and documents the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). Insrcibed below is sitter's signature in Burmese script.
The mission took place after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 and the annexation by the British of the Burmese province of Pegu. 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 (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital at Amarapura. Grant (1813-1880) was the official artist on the mission. In recognition of his skill, he was presented with a gold cup and ruby ring by the Burmese King. A number of his drawings were used as 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.