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The Watering Place at Anjer Point in the Island of Java
|Description||The picture shows the activities taking place at Anjer Point, a well-known convoy rendez-vous and watering point on the western tip of the island of Java. It shows the homeward bound China fleet of East Indiamen, at anchor in the Strait of Sunda in 1793, when it was in convoy under the command of Sir Erasmus Gower, in the 'Lion' man-of-war. The painting was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1836, some time after the event it records. The artist had worked as an engraver in the Far East, where he travelled and sketched in India until he sailed for home in 1794. Coastal craft are shown sailing in the bay and, in the foreground to the left, one of them flies the Dutch flag. In the foreground is a watering place, with evidence of trading between the visitors and local population. Two sailors, in the foreground to the right, are rolling a barrel watched by a group of visitors. In the background, the artist has placed a high-peaked, snow-capped mountain across the straits.|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection|
|Materials||oil on canvas|
|Measurements||Painting: 673 x 1073 mm; Frame: 945 mm x 1351 mm x 145 mm|
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