Capturing the Straits | Painting and Postcard Views from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

[Charles Dyce, The River from Monkey Bridge, 1842- 1843, watercolour & ink on paper]

Date: 9 February – 31 October 2012
Venue: NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Visits to the exhibition are by appointment only.
Please contact 6227 5731 or email

This exhibition brings together paintings of the Straits Settlements by Charles Dyce who was a resident of Singapore in the 1840s, and postcard views of Malacca dating to the early half of the 20th century. As visual sources, they collectively provide a window into the production and reception of landscapes in colonial Malaya, underpinned by new encounters, negotiations with pictorial conventions, and evolving regard of Malaya as a transformative space. 

Presented at the NUS Baba House, a residential unit built and actively inhabited in the colonial period, the exhibition also provides glimpses into the nature of urban transformations in the Straits Settlements.


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