Eighteen Views Taken At And Near Rangoon
In 1824 following Burmese incursions into British held territory to include the successful invasion of Assam, the Governor General of India declared war. The British sent an expedition of 11,000 men under Maj General Archibald Campbell and ships under Captain Frederick Marryat. Providing a visual record from the departure of Campbell’s invasion force until shortly after the capture of Rangoon, this superb series of aquatints were after drawings made “on the spot” by Lieutenant Joseph Moore of the 89th Regiment. A second series of six plates by Marrayat was published the following year in 1826.
The First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824-26 was to be the most expensive campaign in British Indian history and subsequently would lead to a severe economic crisis there in 1833. This was the beginning of the end of Burma’s independence; two further wars with the British followed and the country was completely annexed in 1886. Moore’s aquatints are the first large-scale, coloured views of Burma and beautifully express the dichotomy between picturesque idylls and the realities of war.
Below are a few examples from this collection. Please click on an image to see it in high-resolution with details of the work itself. For the full list of original antique Moore aquatints, please do contact us.
Rangoon (Yangon): Looking South from the Eastern Road towards the Rangoon River.
Rangoon (Yangon): Shwedagon Pagoda, eastern face of the Gold Temple of Guadma.
Dalla on the Rangoon (Yangon River): Burning plain of Dalla with the British Fleet in the harbour including HMS Diana, the first steam-powered warship of the East India Company newly armed with Congreve rockets.
Rangoon (Yangon): Pagoda Point. First Anglo Burmese War. General Campbell and the Bombay Marines attacking the stockades in July.
SOLD Rangoon: Inya Lake and the Eastern Road at the advance of the 7th Madras Native Infantry.
Rangoon (Yangon): Shewdagon Paya. Looking North from the terrace. With the artist sketching in the foreground.
Great Andaman Island: Port Cornwallis during the First-Anglo Burmese War. British fleet including the steam powered warship HMS Diana, the 50 gun HMS Liffey and the Cruizer class sloop HMS Sophie.
SOLD Shwedagon Paya as seen from the principal approach with the Bombay Marine in marching formation.
Rangoon (Yangon): Shwedagon Paya and the area westward of the Great Road.
Rangoon (Yangon): First Anglo Burmese War. The British Army battling to gain the principle stockade.
Rangoon (Yangon): First Anglo-Burmese War. Landing of the combined forces of British Infantry, Bombay Marine and the East India Company’s private arrmies from Bengal and Madras.
Kemmindine near Rangoon: The British Army storming the lesser stockade.
Rangoon (Yangon): First Anglo Burmese War. British Army attacking the stockades with a company observer beneath an umbrella.
Rangoon (Yangon): Shwedagon Paya and Bell. Showing a substitute for the world’s heaviest bell, cast in 1484 and sunk in the Yangon during its theft by Portuguese mercenaries in 1608.
Shwedagon Paya, Rangoon (Yangon): Eastern face of the Gold Temple of Guadma Buddha.
Shwedagon Paya, Rangoon (Yangon): View from the upper terrace towards the South East with British soldiers felling trees in the foreground.
The British Army in formation with the earliest depiction of a Congreve Rocket, developed By Sir William Congreve in 1804.
SOLD Rangoon: Shwedagon Paya as seen from the Eastern Road during the First Anglo-Burmese War.