Huahine-Iti, French Polynesia
30th August 1849
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No. 44 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. Fold-out panoramic drawing on two joined sheets, the right one stuck down on the album page, which is captioned by the artist below the image, as title. For the circumstances of Fanshawe being on the Mexican Pacific coast in 1850 to collect 'freight' of silver from local mines, see PAI4648. His 1904 biography states: 'The chief ports for shipping freight were Mazatlan and San Blas (the harbour of Tepic). The principal silver merchants were - at the former place, [Jaca &] Torre; and at Tepic, Barron & Forbes..(pp. 261-62). The 'Daphne' was at San Blas, south of Mazatlan, from 6 to 13 August and Fanshawe appears to have spent the 9th to 13th at Tepic. This was presumably to arrange for the silver freight coming from there. Tepic is today the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Nayarit. 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.