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View of the harbour at sunset, Rio de Janiero: PD.144-1994

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View of the harbour at sunset, Rio de Janiero


Draughtsman: Havell, William



Legal notes

From the Fairhaven Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 356 mm
Width: 514 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1994) by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd


Production date: AD 1827 : Havell spent ten days in Rion in 1816 on his way to China as official artist to Lord Amerherst's embassy. When the embassy failed, the artist made his way from Peking to Calcutta. He spent ten years in India before returning to England in 1826

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour over traces of graphite heightened with bodycolour, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W HAVELL
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1829
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 57 (exhibition number)
  • Location: Verso

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.144-1994
Primary reference Number: 10818
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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