The Island of Monserrat From the Road before the Town by Thomas Hearne

The island of Montserrat is one of the Leeward Islands, a group of sugar island.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour & gouache over pen & ink
Dimensions:
53 x 151 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,339 ( Total: £9,175)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Christie's

This view is taken from a ship anchored off the main town of Plymouth. The fort there is clearly visible, as is another on the right at Old Fort Point. Although at least seven windmills for processing sugar cane are visible on estates around the island, the mountainous terrain of Montserrat meant it was the least productive of the sugar islands. The island is dominated by the volcanic mass of the Souffriere Hills, of which the highest point is Chance's Peak, seen on the right of the panorama

Provenance

Sir Ralph Payne, Captain General and Governor-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands (later the Rt Hon Lord Lavington); sold by his widow, Jaubert, London 5/7/1810, lot 1.

Venue details

The Whitworth The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester Greater Manchester M15 6ER 0161 275 7450 www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth

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