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Burmese Watercolors

Burmese Watercolors
These watercolors were most likely purchased by the Billings Family in Burma during their 1898 trip to the Far East. On the back of the first painting (MABI 9309), Mrs. Billings wrote the title, "Duel on Elephants." On the second painting (MABI 9308), she wrote the title "Theebaw on his Elephant." King Thibaw (sometimes spelled Theebaw) was the last king of Burma. He was exiled to India when the British deposed him in 1885, where he remained for the rest of his life
 
MABI 9309 “Duel on Elephants”
MABI 9309 “Duel on Elephants”
 
MABI 9308 "Theebaw on his Elephant”
MABI 9308 "Theebaw on his Elephant”

Did You Know?

Black and white Carleton Watkins photograph, showing Yosemite's massive granite Cathedral Rock. Billings Family Archives.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.