Ethiopian Encounters: A British expedition to Ethiopia in the 1840s

A unique opportunity to view rare and beautiful watercolours painted by the explorer and draughtsman Sir William Cornwallis Harris (1807-1848) during a two-year visit to Ethiopia as leader of an expedition mounted by the British Government to establish relations with Sahela Selassie King of Shoa (Shewa) between 1841 and 1843. They include images of extraordinary historical importance, such as the exceptionally rare portrait of Sahela Selassie and representations of the highly diverse ethnic peoples whom Harris encountered during his stay.

On loan from the estate of the late Quentin Keynes, this is a unique opportunity for the Fitzwilliam to show these rediscovered watercolours of subjects virtually unrecorded in UK collections, and their display coincides with the celebration of the Ethiopian millennium.

The exhibition has the support of the Millennium Committee of the Ethiopian Embassy in London and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and a programme of talks, workshops and events. The Courtyard Shop will stock Ethiopian products during the exhibition.

With support from ’Journeys by Design’, the Millenium Committee of the Ethiopian Embassy in London, The Marlay Group, and other anonymous donors.

Fri 21 September 2007 to Sun 20 January 2008
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)
Free Admission

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