'Cape Town from Table Bay'

[This is the first item in this album: enter PAJ2050 in the search box, then go to the last page of the group to find notes on the album and artist.]

No. 1 of 51 (PAJ2051 - PAJ2101): inscribed by the artist in ink on the foot of the drawing, as title, and date '2/67' in the bottom left corner. Butt's viewpoint is the end of a wooden jetty projecting into the Bay, seen on the right, with shipping off Cape Town and Table Mountain on the left and the Lion mountain on the right. Two further quays project on the left, one with a sailing ship moored bows in on its left and a steam tug alongside it on the right. The visible shipping all appears to be mercantile, flying the red ensign (which the Navy stopped using in 1864), though the vessel under sail in the centre might be HMS 'Sylvia', Butt's ship. The town includes both church spires and tall chimneys, suggesting early industrial development. Butt presumably drew the view as the 'Sylvia' made her way east via the Cape to begin her commission on the China Station.

Object Details

ID: PAJ2051
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butt, James Henry
Places: Cape Town
Date made: 1867
People: Butt, James Henry
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 174 x 247 mm
Parts: Album of topographical views, mainly on the coasts of Japan, China and Formosa (Taiwan) (Album)

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