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View in Ceylon with Soldiers and Natives on a Road

  • About the work
    Country: Sri Lanka
    City: Colombo
    Place: British High Commission

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

    The Government Art Collection recognises its responsibility to artists, colleagues and all our audiences to represent the diversity of the UK and to embed anti-racist and equitable practices throughout our work. We are taking action to address inequality in the Collection and its interpretation.

  • About the artist
    Marine painter and etcher James Miller Huggins was the son of marine painter William John Huggins. When he was about ten, James’s family settled in Leadenhall Street, London, near the headquarters of the British East India Company. James was taught by his father and made engravings after his father’s works. By 1830, the year William was appointed Marine Painter to William IV, James had moved to Stepney. Despite his father’s success, James rarely exhibited, showing four paintings at the Royal Society of British Artists from 1826 and just one at the British Institution in 1842. Works by James are now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. His brother, John W. Huggins, also produced etchings after their father’s shipping portraits.
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    View in Ceylon with Soldiers and Natives on a Road
    Oil on canvas
    height: 45.50 cm, width: 59.60 cm
    Purchased from Gooden & Fox, December 1953
    bl (on rock): J. M. HUggINS / 1834
    With Appleby Bros., London; from whom purchased by Gooden & Fox, London, in July 1953; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in December 1953
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