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View in Tortola From Ruthy Hill

View in Tortola From Ruthy Hill

Artist: Johnson, J.

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1827

Shelfmark: 1299.m.1

Item number: Plate 6

Length: 40.9

Width: 52.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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This is a view of the island of Tortola, the largest of the 40 or 50 islands that make up the Virgin Islands. Tortola has a mountainous and barren landscape and as can be seen from this painting was often very bleak. The island had a large, well protected harbour and it has been suggested that it could accommodate 400 sailing ships. The mountains made the cultivation of sugar very difficult and, after a devastating hurricane in 1819, many of the sugar plantations on the island were abandoned.

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