Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Painting - The departure of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay at the end of the Third Burma War in 1885.
  • The departure of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay at the end of the Third Burma War in 1885.
  • Enlarge image

The departure of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay at the end of the Third Burma War in 1885.

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on cotton cloth

  • Museum number:

    IS.50-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting shows the departure of King Thibaw (r. 1878-1885) and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay to exile in India at the end of the third Anglo-Burmese war in 1885, when Britain annexed Upper Burma, finally gaining control of the whole of the country.

The King and Queen stand in the centre of the picture under umbrellas, with two children in front and courtiers to their right. In the background is the palace, and on each side its walls. The road is lined with British troops, with a British officer mounted on a horse on each side. Two bullock-drawn carriages are on the left, and in front of the royal party (in the foreground) stand British and Sikh officers, and two Burmese officials wearing short black jackets and pahsoes of luntaya-acheik patterned silk.

It is likely that this picture is intended to represent the moment when the King and Queen had been brought from the palace and, having got out of their carriage, were about to embark on the river-steamer to begin the first stage of their journey into exile in India.

Physical description

Shows the departure of King Thibaw (r. 1878-1885) and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay at the end of the third Burmese war in 1885. They stand in the centre of the picture under umbrellas, with two children in front and courtiers to their right. In the background is the palace, and on each side its walls. The road is lined with British troops, with a British officer mounted on a horse on each side. Two bullock-drawn carriages are on the left, and in front of the royal party (in the foreground) stand British and Sikh officers, and two Burmese officials wearing short black jackets and pahsoes of luntaya-acheik patterned silk.
It is likely that this picture is intended to represent the moment when the King and Queen had been brought from the palace and, having got out of their carriage, were about to embark on the river-steamer to begin the first stage of their journey into exile in India

Place of Origin

Mandalay (painted)

Date

ca. 1885 (painted)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gouache on cotton cloth

Dimensions

Length: 81 cm, Width: 92 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Miss L Dresser on RP/1981/515

Historical significance: This painting was probably commissioned by a British officer, possibly someone who had witnessed the occasion and executed in semi-european style by a Burmese artist.

Descriptive line

Painting of the Departure of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat from Mandalay at the end of the third Anglo--Burmese war in 1885. Unknown artist but probably painted in Mandalay by a Burmese artist for an English patron. Gouache on cotton cloth. ca.1885

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 182, 183 p. ISBN 0944142303

Materials

Gouache; Cotton

Techniques

Painting; Cloth-making

Subjects depicted

Umbrella; King; Carriages; Horse; Troops; Children; Queen; Palace; Bullocks

Categories

Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.