Qua presents the Coaster, Set of 4, with 4 artworks: Black-capped Kingfisher, Lesser Mousedeer, Malayan Tapir and Magpie Robin from the William Farquhar collection. It serves as a unique and localised-themed housewarming gift, and ideal for both home and office use.
The collection comprises 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, the first Resident and Commandant of Singapore (1819-1823), during his prior tenure as Resident of Melaka.
These natural history drawings depict the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, most likely accomplished by local Chinese artists, with inscriptions identifying the species by their English and Malay names.
Farquhar brought this set along with him when he left Singapore, and subsequently donated it to the Royal Asiatic Society in London in 1827. In 1993, it was put up for auction and purchased by Mr G.K. Goh, who donated the entire collection to the National Museum of Singapore.
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