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NIGHT BIVOUAC IN NEW GRENADA
[New Grenada (i.e. Colombia). January/February 1850].. Pen-and-ink and watercolor on an octagonal sheet of wove paper. Sheet size: 12 ¾ x 18 1/2 inches. Corners clipped, else very good. Provenance: Sotheby's, May 29, 1958, lot 377. Wonderful mid-19th-century watercolor of a night scene in the jungle of New Grenada. Fane, from a prosperous Lincolnshire family, joined the Army and served in the West Indies and in Canada in the late 1840s. In January 1850 he left Antigua for a sojourn in New Grenada, arriving on January 19 of that year. Fane's diary, located in the National Archives, United Kingdom, records the circumstances surrounding this scene: on January 24 he "Started an expedition to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with two Indian guides," and the following day "hired donkeys and engaged an interpreter." The present watercolor shows Fane at rest in a hammock, whilst the interpreter and one of the Indians cut wood, and the other Indian tends the fire. Fane reached the "Perpetual Snow" on February 13, arrived back in Santa Martha on February 22 and arrived at Cartagena on February 29. He returned to Antigua via Jamaica the second week in March of that year. In 1857, Fane would raise a regiment to fight in the Indian Mutiny and would become a noted diarist and watercolorist. For the above quoted diary: National Archives, U.K., RECORDS OF THE FANE FAMILY, 1 Fane 6/8/1/3.
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