Major A.P. Phayre. Envoy, and Commissioner of the Pegue Provinces
Artist: Grant, Colesworthy (1813-1880)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Watercolour with pen and ink of a portrait of Sir Arthur Purvis Phayre (1812-1885) 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 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 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. Phayre was the Commissioner of Pegu (Bago) from 1852 to 1863 and the first Chief Commissioner of British Burma from 1863 to 1867. He was also a renowned scholar and linguist. Grant wrote that Phayre had a 'kindly disposition' and was 'universally beloved'.