|Title: ||View in Papeiti Harbour, Tahiti|
|Contributors: ||Cambridge University Library|
|Issue Date: ||14-Jun-2007|
|Abstract: ||A coastal settlement, showing buildings, with boats and human figures.|
|Description: ||[tick top centre]; Narrative "Page 494 Vol 3" [bottom left corner]|
Drawing. The sky contains indications of cumulus cloud in the right above the horizon line, while in the left of the picture nimbus clouds partly obscure the hilltops. In the background, the distant horizon is formed by lines of rocky hills, whose slopes are sketched in more detail in the centre than in the left or right of the picture. Similar lower slopes closer to the viewer occupy the left and centre of the midground, generally falling in elevation to a saddle in the centre, to the right of which rises a wide rounded low hill with indications of scanty shrubby vegetation on its ridge line. There is a similar but denser cluster of vegetation below the saddle point. These structures slope across the whole width of the picture down to a shoreline, which is depicted in detail with vegetation and single-storey buildings. The leftmost building has five windows indicated on its visible aspect, and a pitched roof shown blank. A small palm-like shrub protrudes from behind it, to the right of which there is a group of four tall palm trees, and an indication of a second small building to their right and a little further back. To its right small leafy trees or bushes are growing, and fencing leads to the third building. The roof of this building shows some indications of its structure, and has three visible windows. Behind this building the slope of the foothills is covered with a scattering of palm trees. In the water to the front and right of the third building lies a two-mast sailing boat facing right, with no sails raised. Its prow is partly obscured by a second boat, similar but seen head-on, and shown with some detail of rigging but no sails. To its left and closer to the viewer, a canoe with upturned stern heads rightwards; we can see two or three seated figures with oars and some cargo. The mast and rigging of the second boat partly obscure the foreshore, on which a large cluster of mixed leafy and palm trees is shown in the centre of the picture. At the right-hand end of this cluster stands a fourth building, diagonal to the viewer, with a pitched roof and an indication of a pair of window or door openings on its larger left aspect. The vegetation to its right is partly obscured by the raised rectangular sail of a single-masted small boat, yet nearer to the viewer than the third boat, but whose hull is depicted very sketchily. A human figure stands at its right-hand end probably manipulating a guyrope. To the right of this boat we can see a fifth building, with a pitched roof and indications of four window or doorway openings on its longer right aspect. In the space to its right to the edge of picture there are indistinct indications of three further low buildings, with a large grouping of palms between and behind them. The water is calm but not smooth; the boats cast shadows or reflections beneath them, as do some of the shoreline treetrunks, but in general the shading is not specific enough to suggest the angle of the sun.
|Appears in Collections:||Conrad Martens' Sketchbooks I and III|
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