Drawing from the Houghton Album titled 'Singapore from the Rocky Point, 1819'

This drawing is titled 'Singapore from the Rocky Point, 1819'. This wash drawing is the earliest surviving depiction of Singapore, painted at the time Raffles first set foot on the island. It is one of 41 drawings belonging to the Houghton Album, which contains a compilation of views drawn by John Michael Houghton (c. 1797–1874), a midshipman who served on board the HMS Discovery as part of the naval escort that accompanied Raffles on his voyage to Singapore in 1819. The Discovery was commanded by Capt. Daniel Ross (1780–1846), the renowned hydrographer who is documented as having assisted Raffles in choosing the site for the latter’s historic landing on the island on 28 January 1819.

Date/Period
1819
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 13 x 18 cm
Accession No.
2012-00303-009
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Paintings