© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London | Licence: CC BY-NC-ND
© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London | Licence: CC BY-NC-ND

Panorama of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

January - February 1849

Edward Gennys Fanshawe

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Panorama of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


January - February 1849


No. 3 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. A fold-out panoramic drawing, on four joined sheets, of which the second from right is stuck down on the album page. It looks south-west towards Rio from inside the bay, with the Sugarloaf mountain and entrance from the sea on the left. Fanshawe arrived at Rio in the 'Daphne' on 27 January 1849 after a passage of 23 days from Madeira, and sailed for Montevideo on 7 February. He reported 'the neighbourhood..too beautiful not to be enjoyable, but the weather was very hot and the town terribly odoriferous' (Fanshawe [1904] p.161). He also did a sketch chart of the harbour of Rio, which appears to correspond to the present drawing. It shows his viewpoiint was at the Fort de Boa Viagem, north-east of Rio itself, and radial sectors on the chart correspond with each sheet of this drawing. 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.
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Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



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