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"Views of the Cape de Verd Islands"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [between 1788 and 1791]
Dimensions: 32.3 x 49.4 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 7


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Three panoramic views of the Cape Verde Islands, as viewed from HMS Sirius. Each view is framed by a black ink border and has a pink band below giving the titles and navigational information. All show distant views of mountainous islands, coloured grey with the peaks modelled with darker shading. The sea is represented by a gradated wash of pale grey-blue overlaid with short grey horizontal brush marks, and the sky has a very faint pink wash on the horizon and washes of grey and blue towards the top. The view in the middle is seen from slightly closer than the other two, with off-white cliffs visible on the coastline, and rough water over the reef mentioned in the title indicated by diagonal bands of dark-grey lines in the centre foreground. The drawings are framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and contains the title in a panel at the top. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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