View of Singapore from Mount Wallich

This panorama by well-known artist Percy Carpenter stretches from Pearl’s Hill on the left to Tanjong Rhu on the right. It is by far the most extensive view of Singapore from the mid-19th century, featuring the Singapore River settlement almost in its entirety. Mount Erskine and Government Hill can be seen in the centre, with the Governor’s House and the flagstaff. On the far left of the painting, at the foot of Pearl’s Hill, stands Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The spire of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Queen Street as well as St. Andrew’s Church can be seen. The large white building in the centre of the town is the Court House, while Telok Ayer Market can be seen across the basin. The figure shaded by a yellow umbrella held by an aide is believed to be the Sultan Mahmud of Lingga, a regular visitor to Singapore.

Artist Name
Percy Carpenter
Date/Period
1856
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: With Frame: H:97.9 x W:203.5 x
Accession No.
HP-0049
Material
Oil on canvas
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Historical Painting