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A view of Krakatoa


Attributed to Webber, John (Draughtsman)


Previously called 'Scene in Otaheite'

Measurements and weight

Height: 230 mm
Width: 297 mm

Relative size of this object

29.7 m23 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1834) by Mesman, Daniel


Previously catalogued as 'English School, late 18th C.'

School or Style


Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Pen, with wash an oil paint on paper, varnished over

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: View in Otaheite
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Sepia ink
  • Text: 2d Act /Sc.5
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 276
Primary reference Number: 8061
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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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "A view of Krakatoa" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-07-05 09:57:12

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