Pho-men. An Albino, age 17
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Pho-Men 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).
The mission travelled from Rangoon (Yangon) up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura, 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. 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. Grant wrote that Pho-men was: 'An 'Albino', aged 17, whose European-like skin, rendered pink where affected by the sun, very light brown or sandy coloured hair, light eyes...'