Watercolour interior puzzle

This watercolour, ink and pencil on paper depicts the de Freycinet's visit to the home of the Secretary of the Dutch Governor, J.M. Tieleman, and his wife in Kupang on the island of Timor, Indonesia.

Pellion was a topographical artist and naval draughtsman and served as a midshipman aboard the L'Uranie on Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet's voyage around the world in 1817-1820. He assisted the official artists, J. Arago and A. Tauney on the voyage. The voyage was recorded by Freycinet's wife, Rose, in Journal de Madame Rose de Saulces de Freycinet and in the journal Rose records her visits to the Tieleman home and notes that ‘every evening we took our coffee, tea or other refreshments there’.

This is an interesting depiction of an early nineteenth century interior, showing a European-style sitting room with adaptations to a tropical colonial environment. This item is held at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

Caroline Simpson Collection, Sydney Living Museums.