'This book brings together for the first time all 477 illustrations in William Farquhar's extensive collection of natural history drawings, commissioned during his service as the British Resident and Commandant of Melaka from 1803 to 1818. Farquhar had a deep interest in the flora and fauna of the region, and made several important zoological and botanical discoveries. In an era when photography was non-existent, the only means of recording nature and wildlife was through painting. The Chinese artists that Farquhar commissioned employed traditional Chinese brush techniques while attempting to show the perspective and naturalism that Western painting demanded, resulting in works of mixed art traditions.' - excerpted from flapped page. 

The book also includes authoritative essays on Farquhar, background of the drawings and detailed captions that examine the context of each watercolor. It stands as an important record of the animal and plant species in the Malay Peninsula during Farquhar's time, that have been lost or are diminished in number.

Including an index.
Access level

Onsite

editor

Laura DOZIER

Location code REF.DOL
Language

English

Keywords

historySouth East Asia

Publication/Creation date

2010

No of pages

335

ISBN / ISSN

9789814217699

No of copies

1

Content type

catalogue

Chapter headings
William Farquhar: First Resident and Commandant of Singapore

- John BASTIN

Plants

- Hassan IBRAHIM

Birds

- Morten STRANGE

Mammals, Reptiles and Invertebrates

- Morten STRANGE

Fishes

- Morten STRANGE

Drawing Nature in the East Indies: Framing Farquhar's Natural History Drawings

- Chongguan KWA

Natural History Drawings: The Complete William Farquhar Collection, Malay Peninusla 1803-1818
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Natural History Drawings: The Complete William Farquhar Collection, Malay Peninusla 1803-1818

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