5 October 1999
William Prinsep (1794-1874)
The Orient off the Island of Jago
inscribed and dated 'Orient May 1817' (lower right) and further inscribed 'Coming out' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour
4 x 7.3/8 in. (11.4 x 18.7 cm.)
By descent from the artist to the present owner.
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William arrived in Calcutta in 1817. This watercolour may have been executed on his voyage to India.
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