Mr. Mackertich J. Mines. Governor of Melloon
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Mr. Mackertich J. Mines the former Governor of Melun 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 and documents the British embassy to the Burmese King, Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). Inscribed with the signature of the sitter.
The mission started at Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura in central Burma, founded in 1782. It was despatched by the Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie and headed by Arthur Phayre. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as official artist of the mission. In recognition of his skill, the Burmese King presented him with a gold cup and ruby ring.
Grant wrote that: 'Mr. Mackertich is an Armenian, but naturalized to Burmah. He was one of the Burmese Embassy to Calcutta in 1854, and on the English mission reaching Melloon, of which place he was then Governor, he formed a Member of the deputation appointed to escort the party from that place to the capital. Mr. Mackertich speaks English well; and is a shrewd and intelligent man. He is repeatedly referred to in the Report.'