Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Pulo Penang Area


[April 1850]



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After taking on board about one hundred pine-apples, and a batch of turtles, we left Singapore, and running down the straits in twenty-four hours, arrived at Pulo Penang, a small island, which belongs to the English. Passengers were pretty well treated on board the "Malta", handsomely charged for, as the fare alone for a passage from China or India being £3.00 a day all through.
This is a page from a unique leather-bound volume of Robert Elwes’ travelogue 'A Sketcher's Tour Round the World', first published 1854, (see page 378 for corresponding passage).
The book contains the printed text of the manuscript but remarkably, the monochrome wash illustrations are hand painted by Elwes. The book bears a handwritten inscription ‘Mary F Elwes from her affect. husband Robert Elwes Jan 25 1878’, dated after Robert Elwes became ill at Congham, his Norfolk home. On 28th January 1878 , their youngest daughter Violet noted in her diary: “Papa much worse”. Less than three months later, Robert Elwes died on 17th April aged 58.

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Penang Island, Malaysia