One of the earliest and finest panoramic views of Hong Kong, showing the whole of the island from anchorage.
In 1843 Leopold Heath (later Admiral Sir Leopold) was appointed Gunnery Lieuenant of HMS Iris commanded by Captain George Rodney Mundy. On one of his visits to Hong Kong in 1846 he drew a view of the harbour as seen from his ship. This series was seen by the Hydrographic Office to be of a good standard and was published in 1847 as a set of three black and white prints selling for three shillings. These supplemented the chart made from the first British survey of Hong Kong harbour by Commander (later Captain Sir Edward) Belcher RN, who had landed on the island in 1841, just in advance of the naval squadron arriving to take formal possession of the Colony.
The first view shows Lymoon Pass and part of Kowloon with a Chinese junk in full sail; The central view bears the inscription Hong Kong as seen from the anchorage, drawn by Lieutenant L. G. Heath of H.M.S. Iris, 1846; The third view shows the outlying islands including Stonecutter’s Island and Lantau, with a number of frigates moving around in the anchorage.
3-sheet steel-engraved panorama, each sheet approximately 13 x 71 cm. (5 1/8 x 28 in), framed and glazed.
Stock ID: 92060