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Sketch taken on the hills of Abyssinia

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Abyssinia (painted)

  • Date:

    1829-1834 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moresby, Robert Captain, born 1795 - died 1854 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and watercolour, touched 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 86, shelf SC, box 25

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Abyssinia (painted)


1829-1834 (painted)


Moresby, Robert Captain, born 1795 - died 1854 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Ink and watercolour, touched with white

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back with title and elevation 8,00[0?] looking towards the Red Sea and the Port of [?]Napon[...] [? Masuah] from whence the celebrated traveller Bruce started [for] the interior and No.19


Height: 22 cm, Width: 43.3 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr. Mrs. Schidlof. Dec. 1966 [with one other] £50' [i.e. SD.677-683]

Historical context note

SD.677-684 were done during Moresby's Red Sea survey, 1829-34. Five further drawings from this series are in the National Maritime Museum, see Searight Archive.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, `Sketch taken on the hills of Abyssinia', 1829-1834, by Captain Robert Moresby




Watercolour drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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