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Album of coastal profiles

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 6

Scope and Contents

Fifty-eighty pages of sepia drawings (12" x 6"), with captions and dates. The drawings give latitude and longitude, and appear to be competent renderings of coast profiles. The places featured include the Cape Verde Islands, Trinidad, Table Bay (including plan), Ceylon, Malaya and the East Indies, Macao, Sunda Straits, St Helena, Ascension and Britain. Some of the profiles, including those for Cape Town, Macao and Jamestown, St Helena, give details of buildings. None are signed, but several are inscribed 'taken by Mr Hodgson'.


  • Creation: 1783-12-30 - 1785-06-06


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Biographical / Historical

The profiles were made on the 'Ponsborne', an East Indiaman, which voyaged to Madras and Whampoa and back under the command of William Hammett, 26 September 1783 - 6 July 1785. Although no 'Hodgson' is listed in the crew, the purser was John B. Hodson.


0.003 cubic metre(s) (1 album) : art work

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Case A18

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 51.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1909.

Existence and Location of Copies

Two images from this album were digitised for the online exhibition, 'Celebrating 150 years of the Royal Commonwealth Society (1868-2018)'. The images can be seen on Cambridge Digital Library by following the digital object links.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Hodgson, -, fl 1783-1785

Includes index.
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