The first printed view of Singapore, issued less than 10 years after it was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. This view was published in 1828 after a painting by Royal Navy Captain Robert James Elliot. It looks on Singapore from Government Hill and even at this early stage, presents a bustling city with numerous buildings and a lively port. We have not been able to trance Elliot's original painting.
Robert James Elliot (1790 - April 30, 1849) was a British naval officer, painter, and topographical draughtsman active in the early 19th century. Elliot entered the navy on February 26, 2802 as a first-class volunteer. He served as midshipmen until 1806 achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 1808 and commander in 1814. He is best known for his series of sketches of India, published as Views in the East in 1930. Elliot is also known to have produced the first view of Singapore, published for the narrative of Crawfurd's mission in 1828. In addition to his paintings and naval work he also worked tirelessly on the behalf of destitute sailors in London. He suffered form an unknown illness for approximately 4 years before succumbing in 1849. Learn More...
Very good. Slight wear on original fold lines.