' "Botel Tobago" (off Formosa)' [Lan Yu, Taiwan]

No. 4 of 51 (PAJ2051 - PAJ2101): inscribed by the artist on the album page, as title, and signed lower left on the drawing with monogram initials and dated 'JHB / 6/67'. Botel Tobago is one of a number of names, depending on the language used, for a 45-km-square island of volcanic origin off the south-east coast of Formosa (Taiwan), of which it forms part in governmental terms. Today it is normally called by the Chinese name, Lan Yu. It is approximately 60 km due east of the southern point of Taiwan and is home to the Tao, an ethnic minority group who migrated to the island from the Batan archipelago 800 years ago. This remains one of the best preserved of Taiwanese indigenous communities. In this view the ship to the left is presumably Butt's 'Sylvia'. It has been suggested that the viewpoint is from the Northwest tip of the island, facing to the south along the east coast.

Object Details

ID: PAJ2054
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butt, James Henry
Date made: June 1867
People: Butt, James Henry
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 171 x 246 mm
Parts: Album of topographical views, mainly on the coasts of Japan, China and Formosa (Taiwan) (Album)

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