Cape Horn, Chile
28 May 1851
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No. 36 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. Fold-out panoramic drawing on two joined sheets, the right one stuck down to the album page which is captioned by the artist below the image, as title. A view from seaward of Panama, then a small town on the Pacific coast of the Isthmus of Panama, with the distinctive white Cathedral in the centre and ships at anchor in the bay to the right. Drawn around or after 7 March, when Fanshawe's 'Daphne' arrived at Taboga island, in the bay of Panama. He preserved four views of Panama, all made in March 1850. From an album of watercolours of Madeira, Brazil, the Falkland and Pacific Islands, Chile, Panama, Mexico, Vancouver, and California. It covers Fanshawe's commission in command of HMS 'Daphne' 1848-52, on the Pacific station based at Valparaiso, Chile, under Rear-Admiral Phipps Hornby in the 84-gun 'Asia'. The earliest dated drawing is of Madeira, 1 January 1849 on the way out, and the last of Cape Horn on the return, 28 May 1852. For further details, see collection online record.
Credit Line: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London