View in Ceylon with Soldiers and Natives on a Road

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Sri Lanka
    City: Colombo
    Place: British High Commission
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    View in Ceylon with Soldiers and Natives on a Road
    Date
    1834
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 45.50 cm, width: 59.60 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gooden & Fox, December 1953
    Inscription
    bl (on rock): J. M. HUggINS / 1834
    Provenance
    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
    GAC number
    2514