Cottage at Tahiti
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Unknown author (2007). Cottage at Tahiti [digital image]. http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/194454
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Drawing. The sky contains cumulus clouds in the centre and left, and possibly also cumulo-cirrus in the centre. In the midground, the trees part on the centre left and centre right to give a glimpse of the horizon, which is composed of an even but rocky hill-line with little indication of structure or vegetation on the slopes. The trees to the left of this parting consist of a group of three palms, drawn in detail with coconuts shown on the nearest of the group, and to their right, below a glimpse of the background, a loose group of more distant leafy trees resembling the breadfruit trees of MS.Add.7984: 48. To their right is a dense darker cluster of similar leafy trees, the central members of which are much taller and bigger, to the right of which, below a glimpse of the background in the centre left, a small banana-like shrub is shown. To its right stands a small densely branched and foliated tree, with heavy shade around its base, behind which four palms rise to the top of the picture, with fronds drawn in some detail and an indication of coconuts. Between the trees of the group closest to the viewer, a small banana-like shrub partly obscures the gable aspect of a single-storey building. This has a pitched roof, and is diagonal to the viewer with the gable facing right. It is faced with upright timber or rush wallboarding, with no indication of either windows or entrances. It is set in a fenced enclosure, with further fencing stretching diagonally towards viewer and the left-hand edge of the picture in front of a second similar building. This building is less firmly pencilled, but there is an entrance indicated on the gable end. In front of it in the foreground, a small shrub or sapling tree is growing, with a small rock to its right. On the left a group of palms rises immediately behind the leftmost corner of a second closer stretch of fencing. This is shown in detail as constructed of wooden square-cut uprights joined by four square-cut horizontals to a height of about 1.5m. The fencing stretches diagonally leftwards away from the left-hand corner of the main featured building, then diagonally approaches the viewer to the right-hand corner of the enclosure, with two figures, an adult and a child, approaching it in the centre left. The fencing then turns away from viewer to the right of the main building, into the dark shade of the small dense tree. There is no indication of a gateway on the fencing. In the centre and right of the foreground, in front of the fencing there is low shrubby undergrowth. The shadow on this and the figures and the shade on left-hand edge of the roof of the main building indicate that the sun is shining from in front of and to the right of the viewer. The main featured building within the fenced enclosure is a single-storey structure with a thatched pitched roof, with similarly pitched `gables' where the roofing stretches lower, approximately to the height of the fencing. The main wall, facing diagonally to the left, has central doorway some 3m tall, which is the height of the eaves. There are no other indications of openings. The walls are faced with either upright timber or rush or bamboo-type wallboarding, with two horizontal ligaments at approximate metre intervals. There is what may be a storage box under the thatch overhang at the left-hand corner of the building. There is a human figure to the right of the doorway, of whom only the head and shoulders are visible.
A settlement in a wooded landscape.
MS.Add.7984: 63, A0B3azC2ceE0H2sP3blpuzS0T2dkW0
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