Date: 1884 - 1885

NEW GUINEA WATERCOLOURS GLANVILLE, Dr. Doyle Album of Watercolours. 1884 - 5. Large oblong 4to. 57 watercolours and sketches, various sizes; many signed and dated. Contemporary morocco, worn. Usher Glanville Doyle Glanville was born in Brighton in 1844. After completing his medical education he joined the Union Steamship Company as a medical officer. In 1879 he joined the British Army and was attached to Colonel Durnford's column of 2000 men in South Africa , the majority of whom were killed by the Zulu at Isandalwana. Dr Glanville was one of only thirty who managed to escape the slaughter. He was later present at the Battle of Ulundi where he was mentioned in despatches by Sir Evelyn Wood. He was a talented artist and throughout the Zulu War was employed by the Graphic as a correspondent. In 1885 he volunteered as a medical officer for the British expedition of annexation of Papua New Guinea, led by Sir Peter Scratchley. This album is a personal record by Doyle Glanville of his travels across the world both in the year preceding, and during the expedition and concludes with a series of watercolours describing tribal life there, entitled: "Sketches in New Guinea." The thirteen watercolours provide a vivid depiction of a primitive society and the commentary is both wry and insightful. There are images of Kerepunu, a village on the south east coast, warriors, Koiari, the son of a chief, and a delightful watercolour of Yarok, chief of Sogeri, standing before a mirror for the first time. Other watercolours include: Indian Snake Charmers; Sikh police in Singapore; Scraps from Chinese Life; and the Fort at Woosung, near Shanghai, as well as a series of views of the Sudan campaign of 1885. As with the sketches in New Guinea, Glanville supplies a commentary which, though often ironic in tone, is never pompous or judgemental: "I often wonder how it is that callings seem to run according to race. Cooks are generally Frenchmen. Penny-ice people Italians. Marine engineers Scotchmen. Ship's doctors Irishmen and here on the P & O we always find the barber a Singalee." In the following year, 1886, Glanville was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in the same year was registered in Victoria as a medical practitioner. Dr. Glanville returned to Africa in 1890 as a Colonial Medical Officer and during this time sent sketches back to the Illustrated London News. He died of fever the following year while escorting three nurses from the east coast of South Africa. Although several of Glanville's sketches were printed in the Illustrated Sydney News, this album does not appear to have ever been published and there is no record of any of his watercolours appearing at auction. A rare visual record of a little known campaign.


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