‘Abou-Shehr or Bushire, Persian Gulf’ / ‘On the road to Dalkin [Daliki] from Bushire showing the mirage’ by Joseph D'Arcy (1780–1846)

WD3274/28

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The record is made up of 1 watercolour drawing on paper. It was created in 1810-12. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Genre/Subject Matter:

This landscape view of a scene near Bushire [Būshehr] shows a trail winding from left through undulating landscape towards a flat plain below. In the background craggy peaks extend from right. Two figures on donkey or horseback can be seen at right while four further figures make their way along the path at left. It is not clear what mirage is being referred to in the title of the drawing.

Temporal Context:

Although the image dates from the Ouseley embassy 1810–12, the adjacent caption/description likely dates from c. 1880 and was written by later owner of the album, F. G. McCutcheon.

Inscriptions:

Recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. :

Lower right corner, in pencil: ‘28’

Verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. :

Upper left, in pencil: ‘Abou-Shehr or Bushire, Persian Gulf’

Lower left corner, in pencil: ‘J. D’Arcy. Malvern’

Along lower edge, in pencil: ‘On the road to Dalkin [Daliki] from Bushire showing the mirage’

Lower right corner, in pencil: ‘Novr. 2 1852’; ‘28’

Adjacent inscription: ‘28.On the road from Bushire ( Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ) to Dalkee showing the mirage’

Extent and format
1 watercolour drawing on paper
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

108 x 282 mm

Materials:

Watercolour on paper

Condition:

Light surface dirt coats the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. , with staining along all edges. Two small puncture holes at upper left and right corners indicate that the drawing was at one time pinned up. A small tear or cut can be seen extending diagonally from lower edge , left of centre, for 10 mm.

Written in
English in Latin script
Type
Drawing

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Original held at
British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
WD3274/28

History of this record

Date(s)
1810-12 (CE, Gregorian)
Places
Bushire
People & organisations
Joseph D'Arcy

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‘Abou-Shehr or Bushire, Persian Gulf’ / ‘On the road to Dalkin [Daliki] from Bushire showing the mirage’ by Joseph D'Arcy (1780–1846), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, WD3274/28, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100027191683.0x000002> [accessed 20 September 2019]

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