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General D'Orgoni

General D'Orgoni

Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: WD540(104)

Item number: 540104

Length: 316

Width: 219

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of General D’Orgoni 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 on the right.

The mission started out from Rangoon (Yangon) and travelled up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to the royal capital of Amarapura. It was despatched by the Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie and was headed by Arthur Phayre. Grant (1813-1880) was sent as the official artist. 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. According to Grant, the French Adventurer General D’Orgoni resided in Amarapura at the time of the mission and 'recently accompanied a Mission of Burmese officials with presents &c., from the King to the court of France'.

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