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Captain Thomas Robertson (1819–1873), based on an 1850 sketch by John Turnbull Thomson.


Pedra Branca




Oil painting


620 x 430 mm.

English: A painting of the island of Pedra Branca in the South China Sea, inscribed in ink "T. Robertson 1882". Though the painting was executed well after Horsburgh Lighthouse had been constructed, it was "faithfully based on an original sketch of the rock by Thomson in 1850, even to the extent of having the 'same' wave breaking over it". Robertson was a well-known painter of seascapes in New Zealand in the 1880s, and it is believed that John Turnbull Thomson commissioned him to make a painting from Thomson's original sketch. In his sketch, Thomson had labelled the sea on the left of the island "Singapore Strait" and on the right "China Sea". The hill in the distance on the left was labelled "Barbukit Hill", which is on the Malaysian mainland. See Hall-Jones, The Thomson Paintings, p. 66. On Thomas Robertson, see Capt. Thomas Robertson, 1819–1873. RootsWeb. Retrieved on 2010-02-15. The country in which the painting was created is presently unknown.

John Hall-Jones (1983(1983)). The Thomson Paintings: Mid-Nineteenth Century Paintings of the Straits Settlements and Malaya. Singapore: Oxford University Press. p. 67. ISBN 0195825667.

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