View of Freetown, Sierra Leone / Natives on a track with a village beyond
ENGLISH SCHOOL (circa 1835-40)
Watercolour: Sizes differ slightly,
12 x 18 ½ in / 30.5 x 47 cm
10 ¾ x 16 ¾ in / 27.3 x 42.5 cm
The location of these watercolours can be compared to the aquatint of Freetown, Sierra Leone, engraved by E.Duncan from a painting by William Huggins. Published in 1837 by Patrick Leigh Strachan this engraving shows the town from the sea. A talented amateur artist, Strachan was Private Secretary to His Excellency Richard Doherty Governor in Chief of the Western Coast of Africa, and it is probable that these watercolours were executed by Strachan himself.