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Watercolour - The Second Cataract
  • The Second Cataract
    Major John Talbot Coke, born 1841 - died 1912
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The Second Cataract

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Ethiopia (painted)

  • Date:

    1879-1885 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Major John Talbot Coke, born 1841 - died 1912 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water- and bodycolour over pencil, heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.239

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 85, shelf SC, box 9

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Ethiopia (painted)

Date

1879-1885 (painted)

Artist/maker

Major John Talbot Coke, born 1841 - died 1912 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Water- and bodycolour over pencil, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and inscribed on the mount J.Talbot Coke Major K.O.B.Intelligence Department.: also on the mount G.A.Hoskins, June 1833. This cataract is from nine to fourteen miles long. -Dahabiyehs cannot as a rule ascend and above this nuggars are used. -Distance from Siut is 547 miles south.-; on the back inscribed 2nd Cataract Low Nile

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 cm, Width: 17.7 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Maggs Bros, Apl.1981, £46'.

Historical context note

The original drawing was made by the traveller and antiquary George Alexander Hoskins (1802-1863) who travelled in Ethiopia with his Italian artist companion Signior L.Bandoni in 1833, and published Travels In Ethiopia, 1835. A lithograph after Hoskins's drawing appears opposite p.278, titled 2d. Cataract Of The Nile. SD239 seems to be a copy, either of the original drawing or of the lithograph. See Searight Archive.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, `The Second Cataract', 1879-85, by Major John Talbot Coke KO

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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