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									                   The Penang Story – International Conference 2002
               18-21 April 2002, The City Bayview Hotel, Penang, Malaysia
               Organisers: The Penang Heritage Trust & STAR Publications

                              Early descriptions of Penang:
                     Ethnography and the tropical picturesque1

                                      Christina Granroth


        This paper looks at representations of landscape and people in early descriptions of
Penang. Examining British travel accounts and official reports, the paper argues that the
deployment of the language of the picturesque in combination with established perceptions of
the Malay introduced a new phase in British knowledge of the Malay peninsula.

        In describing the beauty and diversity of the scenery British visitors to Penang
painted a new picture of the ‘other India’: a tropical but still wholesome Eden. In this creation
of a ‘tropical picturesque’, Penang came to stand out in contrast to the India proper. This
picture was further enhanced by British perceptions of Penang’s indigenous inhabitants. The
European stereotyping of the character of the Malay during the eighteenth century had created
a people that fitted well into a romantic notion of boldness, courage and adventure. This
environmental and ethnographic distinctiveness, the paper suggests, contributed to inspire the
early scholars to more systematic enquiries into Malay culture and history. Raffles’
fascination with Malay history was partly propelled by a romantic yearning for a glorious
past. The wider influence of his scholarship, however, would be seen in the promotion of
official British interest in the region.

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Early descriptions of Penang: Ethnography & the tropical picturesque

            ‘It is the most extensive and beautifully variegated prospect we had ever seen in
          India….so strikingly grand and beautiful is it, that the most phlegmatic observer
          can hardly fail to experience some pleasing sensations, when placed on this fairy
          spot.. I could not help feasting my eyes, for hours together, within undiminished
          delight, on the romantic scenery which nature, assisted by art, had scattered around
          in bountiful profusion… from the salubrity of its air, it is justly esteemed the
          Montpellier of India...from the dawn of day, until the sun has emerged above the
          high mountains of Queda, and even for some time after this period, Penang rivals
          any thing that has been fabled of the Elysian fields’.2

        Historians of early Penang often stress that its establishment, earliest history and
place in Empire has to be understood in the context of economic development, world politics
and strategy. However, these writers seldom venture outside straightforward reasons for the
founding and importance of early Penang, seen as directly linked to the financial and political
state of the East India Company. This paper wants to take early Penang into the arena of
representation, to look at its place in what has been called the ‘informal’ or ‘invisible’ empire,
by examining how early Penang was presented in Britain. Through a reading of travel
literature as well as official reports, I want to suggest that Penang came to stand out as very
distinct place in the second British Empire, a place that not only confirmed the old notion of
the ‘other India’, (‘India extra Gangem’) but also introduced the British to a different India.
This new ‘other India’ was a result of intellectual rather than political or economic shifts.

        This distinctness of Penang evolved on two levels. Firstly, the representation of
landscape, climate and a tropical environment which was based on the language of the
picturesque. The first decades of Penang’s history coincided with the emergence of a new
mode of topographical description in Britain, whereby nature was increasingly described
thought the language of the picturesque, a movement which had originally been applied to art.
I want to suggest that Penang, through the unique qualities of its landscape to a higher degree
than India corresponded to the criteria for the picturesque. This is evident in travel literature,
but also in more official reports, where a fact-based narrative is interrupted in order to dwell
on the picturesque beauty of Penang. Expressed through the language of the picturesque
Penang then also contributed to imperial knowledge through topography, agricultural
opportunities and variety in landscape. But I also want to argue that the special place of

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Penang was buttressed by ways in which its landscape evoked a domestic equivalent in the
minds of the British, through topography, cultivation and other features not found on the

        Secondly, I want to link the picturesque and its development into the Romantic
Movement with British perceptions of the Malay, touching on colonial knowledge as
ethnography as well as European knowledge of the Malay world. All European visitors agreed
that Penang’s most striking feature was its ethnic diversity. Even so, it was perceived that the
Malay were the original inhabitants. Early Penang also coincided with the emergence of the
first scholarly attempts to systematically describe the history and language of the Malay,
representing a shift in ethnographical knowledge which would pave the way for the British
imperial project in the peninsula. Here I want to take a look at the perceptions of Malay
character, proposing that it was the literary romantic notion of the historical Malay as bold,
enterprising and courageous which appealed to John Leyden, and through his transmission to
Stamford Raffles.3

        The idea of the picturesque had been proposed by Edmund Burke in the 1750’s. His
essay A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
proposed a new way of perceiving and describing nature, through the concept of the
‘picturesque’, where nature is basically judged by its resemblance to art, specifically to a
certain tradition of composition of landscape. Burke also put forward the idea that the only
medium in which the sublime can be properly represented is in words. This started off the
movement of the picturesque in literature.

        By the 1790’s William Gilpin’s three essays on the picturesque4 would influence the
way travellers described landscape, and have a profound effect on the genre of travel writing.

        What Gilpin and Burke brought into aesthetic theory was a questioning of the
essential qualities of ‘beauty’. By introducing the categories of ‘the picturesque’, ‘the
sublime’ and the foreign element as ‘exotic’, the experience of beauty was divided into
degrees of intensity. Sensations and psychological influences were brought in as determining
an aesthetic experience. The landscape favoured by the picturesque was characterised by
romantic disorder, irregularity, singular shapes. But the picturesque also embraced humans
into this landscape, with wild terrains inhabited by outlaws and bandits, who could be brought
within the aegis of good taste.

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        By the beginning of the nineteenth century the cult of the picturesque had become a
way of perceiving both landscape and its inhabitants. Although Burke and Gilpin were mostly
concerned with domestic landscape, the picturesque became a language through which the
steadily growing scenic tourism enacted visual and verbal framing of natural scenes. Words
such as ‘landscape’ and ‘prospect’ where here essential in describing views of diversity as
well as rugged mountain scenes from Scotland and the European Alps.

        The language of the picturesque would, however, travel further than Europeans
making the Grand Tour. While Gilpin still toured the mountains of Scotland and Wales, the
artists travelling with the expeditions of Captain Cook began the long process of
‘aesthetizising’ the exotic landscape of the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia. From
India, Thomas and William Daniell contributed to the cult of the exotic picturesque in
England during the last decades of the eighteenth century by depicting Indian landscapes, at
the same time giving many in Britain their first glimpse of life in India. Connoisseurs of art
eagerly purchased the works of the Daniells for their celebration of India’s ‘sublime’
landscape, conjuring up the exotic through a tropical flora and fauna and description of
‘native manners’. The Daniells also visited Southeast Asia briefly and published aquatint
prints of Java in the their Picturesque voyage to India by the way of China. (William
Daniell’s set of engravings of Penang in 1821 were aquatinted and hand coloured after
paintings by Captain Robert Smith of the Bengal engineers, who was stationed in Penang
1814-1818.5 Although splendid engravings, they cannot convey personal experience nor
demonstrate contrasting perceptions of nature in comparison to India).

        The role of the literary picturesque in an imperial discourse is still an under
researched aspect of colonial knowledge. Landscape description have been highlighted in
studies of the Pacific voyages, and most importantly though the work of Sidney Parkinson,
who developed the picturesque as the agent whereby topography, art as information, could be
elevated to the level of taste. In the case of India Sara Sulieri has seen the picturesque within
the categorical distinction between aesthetic and practical, useful and ornamental, as a tool
whereby both categories converge in support of merchant capitalism. The relationship
between the picturesque and landappopriation or ethnography, important in the case of
Penang, has not been properly discussed in a colonial context, in the way, for example Ann
Bermingham has seen the picturesque on a social an political level, as providing an aesthetic
whereby the English countryside could be appropriated imaginatively by a new class of
landowners responsible for the enclosures of common land. In ethnography, on the other

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hand, some Canadian historians have come to see the picturesque as instrumental in the
dehumanisation of native peoples and in the exploitation of the environment.6

        I will now turn to Penang, to point to the aspects in which I think the island answered
particularly well to the call for picturesque qualities, and so contributed to this special place
Penang came to hold, distinguishing it from the rest of India. These were the unique
topography, diversity of landscape, the climate, cultivation and lastly the similarities to
British and in particular Scottish landscape.

        It seems clear that the fascination many felt for Penang can be explained through the
ways in which the topography of the island possessed several of the qualities which were
essential to the language and idea of the picturesque. The smallness of the island facilitated
the opening up of different kinds of ‘prospects’. Gilpin, in his essay on picturesque travel had
emphasized the change in landscape: ‘nor is there in travelling a greater pleasure, than when a
scene of grandeur bursts unexpectedly upon the eye, accompanied with some accidental
circumstance of the atmosphere, which harmonizes with it, and gives it double value.’ This
trope was used to describe the first sight of Penning, the approach. ‘We were about twenty
miles distant and, as we approached the deepening tints became more and more vivid, point
after point opening gradually to our view, until the whole extent of the picturesque Isle
formed one side of our splendid panorama. Whilst, on the other side not more than four miles,
off the hilly and jungly coast of Queda displayed almost equal beauty, though of bolder

        It was, however, the topography of Penang which primarily invited to picturesque
description. What fascinated visitors to Penang was of course the hill, and the opportunity it
offered to gain access to a ‘prospect’ equalled only in the Scottish highlands or the Alps of the
Grand Tour. Euphorically described by Lord Minto on his visit to Penang in a letter to his
family, the following scene could as well be taken from his native Scotland.

        ‘The situation is beautiful - on the bank of a running stream fresh form mountains
        springs. Beyond the stream the plain extends perhaps a quarter of a mile to the foot of
        a sublime mountain, and not more sublime than beautiful, steep, craggy, broken into
        smaller hills, and the whole covered with the most magnificent wood, interspersed
        with underwood, and here and there vacant spaces which are green and flourishing’.

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        As seen in the quote by Gilpin, the changes in the atmosphere and its effect on the
emotions and body were important in the picturesque. In Penang, this aspect was accentuated
in scenes form sunrise and sunset, over the sea and seen from the hill.

        ‘The island presented a most beautiful and irregular outline, involved in those delicate
        tints of grey pink, which as the sun rose, through a human atmosphere, changed to
        beautiful pink. In my younger days, I had frequently been puzzled how to understand
        the proper application of the expression ‘rosy tinted Aurora’, but now it was most
        completely illustrated, to my mind as well as to my eye, by the soft pink-grey which
        overspread the whole of this lovely mountain.’

        Wathen described the scene as ‘the sun about to sink into its bosom from a cloudless
sky, leaving the horizon glowing with the deepest saffron tint’. The eloquence with which this
atmospheric change is described has no equivalents in the other Indian dominions. Another
important feature in the picturesque was the waterfall, in a domestic Scottish and British
setting acclaimed as the most sublime experiences. In India, there was no waterfall which
could be as easily accessed and enjoyed as the waterfall in Penang, and every visitor wanted
to see it. Johnson, who only stayed three days on the island, mentions the visit to the waterfall
as his ‘main excursion’, and the waterfall as ‘well worth the attentions of any traveller, who
wishes to see Nature sporting in her own wild romantic shapes’.

        At the waterfall the whole extent of a tropical environment was realised and closely
observed. Again, it was the painterly qualities of the eternal greenery which attracted
attention, nature ‘clothed in that splendid livery which she assumes in the torrid zone’. The
denseness of vegetation, the hugeness of the trees matched the very epitome of Gilpin’s
sublime beauty, only the climate was different. This was also realised, as ‘the beauty of the
flowers and mosses and the strange character of the creepers, lichens and parasitical plant that
abound in its neighbourhood, must be sought for in vain in colder clime.’ This was essentially
Penang’s contribution to landscape perception: the creation of a ‘tropical picturesque’.

        In his extensive praise of Penang Johnson pointed out the essence of the picturesque,
that ‘delightful scenes, whether in nature, painting or poetry have a kindly influence on body
as well as mind’. The landscape as well as the climate had contributed to the reputation for
Penang had gained as the healthiest spot in the Indies. Already in 1799 Popham wrote that

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Penang is ‘universally known to be one of the most healthy situations in India’, and Johnson
named it the ‘Montpellier of India’.

         The climate was not too hot, and the topography contributed, since it was not too
mountainous nor marshy: ‘These hills and the retreats which they afford, are the chief charm
of Penang, and have made for it a reputation quite independent of its commercial importance,
and give it rang as one of the sanitaria of India.’ In comparison to India the climate of Penang
was by described as ‘infallible’, as it had ‘neighter the great vicissitudes of Bombay, the
marsh effluvia of Bengal, or the scorching heat of Madras.’

         The diversity of the landscape was also a major contribution to the uniqueness of
Penang in British India. James Brooke, later the first Raja of Sarawak, described the view
from Penang hill as ‘a landscape of vast extent, and so diversified that the eye never wearies
of gazing’. The view exposing itself from Penning Hill was not a monotonous vista, but
contained all the necessary ingredients for a picturesque painting: landscape interspersed with
cultivation, well organised gardens, as well as varied human dwellings. The most striking
feature in this respect was the high degree of cultivation, which also points to the ways in
which descriptions of the ways aesthetics were inseparable from economic development. The
fertility of the soil of had been an important issue in the prospects imagined by the British,
and some early visitors envisaged the hills of Penang produce European vegetables and

         My last point concerned with picturesque landscape is that Penang seems to have
evoked a sentiment of familiarity which the British felt towards images of rural beauty
promoted in paintings. Here I see Penang and its landscape as crucial in the ways it invited to
a picturesque description through its similarity to a domestic British and I particular a Scottish
landscape. Several writers describe the beautiful ‘glens’ of Penang, and Lord Minto was
fascinated to find, in the creeks of Penang, ‘a sort of microscopic Tweed and Teviot’, finding
much comfort in the ‘view and neighbourhood of miniature Kelso’.

         Landscape was not the only aspect of Penang which reminded the British of home.
The thatched roof of Malay houses caught the eye of Europeans. Johnson had described the
Malay houses of Penang as ‘built of wood, and thatched over with the leaves of trees, &c; the
roofs resembling those of cottages in England.’ Later writers would refer to Malay houses as
‘cottages’, whereas Chinese and European houses were referred to as ‘dwellings’, and Wathen

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made further distinctions separating the ‘picturesque cottages’ of the Malays, from the
‘European house, the Hindoo bungalow, the Chinese dwelling and the Birman hut’. Such
comparison to the simplicity of British cottage-life might have inspired Forrest to suggest that
only Scotsmen should be allowed to settle in Southeast Asia.7

          When John Wathen left Penang he wrote: ‘It is with regret I quit this most beautiful
spot, emulating in beauty and produce Paradise itself’. Initially, he had explained why he had
chosen to dwell in such length on Penang, the reason being that it was so ‘little known to the
British public’. So what did Europeans know about the Malay Peninsula and its inhabitants by
the end of the eighteenth century and what was this knowledge based on?

          In their important 1982 work The Great Map of Mankind, which chartered British
knowledge of the world in the eighteenth century, P.J. Marshall and G. Williams did not have
much to say about Southeast Asia. Only a few paragraphs were devoted to the whole region,
squeezed in between the extensive chapters on different aspects of knowledge about India and
China. This also well mirrors the situation at the time. A look at cosmographies, histories and
geography books confirms a patchy and uncertain picture in comparison to India and China.
Already, in the 1657 edition of his famous Cosmography Peter Heylyn had reason to
apologise for the scarce information provided on the region now known as Southeast Asia,
which, Heylyn said, could not be as accurately described as India and China, because they
were not so well discovered. Fifty years later a new edition of the cosmography gave the same
excuse, and at the beginning of the nineteenth century Michael Symes still found it
appropriate to point out that there were ‘no countries of the habitable globe, where the arts
and civilisation are understood, of which we have so limited a knowledge, as of those that lie
between the British possessions in India and the empire of China’. Raffles famously shared
this view, and saw his enquiries into Malay history as a crusade to make the region known in

          A closer examination of geographical and ethnographical compendia published in
Britain in the eighteenth century reveal that the bulk of the information was still culled from
the European travel collections of the early seventeenth century, in particular those of
Purchas, but also translated material from Dutch and Italian works was used. To this was
added the contents of a handful of later travel books. But his add and stir method did not
improve the situation, instead we see contradictions and confusion, both in terms of
geographical and commercial information and attitudes to native inhabitants.

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        During the eighteenth century, however, a firm stereotyping of the Malay seems to
emerge. Much of this was based on earlier characterizations: the contradiction of indolence
paired with treachery, fierceness and running amok. The sense of danger for Europeans was
increasingly prominent, through warnings and stories related to piracy. Two standard
ingredients in descriptions of the Malay people then crystallized during the eighteenth
century, which both associated to threats against Europeans: the mentioning of all Malays
wearing the kris, and the emphasis on piracy. The prominence of these themes in compendia
was also due to the continued recycling of only a few accounts, the attitudes of which
determined much of what was said on the Malay character overall. Two examples of such
accounts were the History of the Indies by the Abbé Raynal and Pierre Poivre’s Travels of a
Philosopher. Only the latter had visited the region.

        The end of the eighteenth century sees a development towards a rehabilitation of the
Malays. In travel literature two views are expressed. The first one repeats this stereotype of
the Malay, the other makes attempts to put right misconceptions through eyewitness reports.
Benjamin Morrell could be quoted as an example of the first of these: ‘the treachery and
perfidy of the Malays having become proverbial, it behoves every ship-master, when in any of
their ports, to be constantly on his guard’. This is followed by detailed descriptions how
Malays board and attack European vessels. The second view emphasises a new contribution
to the knowledge by of the Malay by contradicting the commonly held views. The only
comment Wathen, for example, had about Malacca in the introduction to his book was that
‘the Author did not find the native Malays so savage as they are almost universally
represented by persons who have visited their coasts.’

        Another important development at the end of the eighteenth century meant that
history was added to the evaluation of Malay character. Poivre was here the most widely used
source. Despite his negative attitudes to the Malay in general Poivre suggested that in the past
the Malay had been ‘one of the greatest powers, and made a very considerable figure on the
theatre of Asia. The sea was covered with their ships, and they carried on a most extensive
commerce. Their laws, however, were apparently very different from those which subsist
among them at present.’8

        The thought that Malay character had previously been different was taken up in other
accounts. A good example is Popham's description of Penang, published in London 1799.
Popham's view was that it was Dutch and Portuguese oppression which had dampened the

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industry of the Malays, something which would be restored with the arrival of the liberal
British, by ‘recovering their industry and ability under the fostering protection of England’.
In Penang Popham had already noticed promising signs of enterprise, because ‘since their
intercourse with the English they have displayed those qualitities in an infinitely greater
degree than at any other time.’ (under Dutch or Portuguese). The reasons for the difference
between Malay and Indian character now were revealed: the Malays had, like the British,
been a seafaring and enterprising nation. This idea would later be taken up by Raffles.

        We thus find that Raffles’ ideas about the restoration of Malay character, with the
help of the British, were not unprepared. What interests us here, however, is the ways in
which perceptions of Malay character was linked to the movement of the picturesque and the
romantic. As mentioned earlier, picturesque landscape had incorporated not only wild and
rugged landscape, but ‘wild’ and bold peoples as well: bandits, perils, and dangerous situation
were popular subjects in picturesque painting.

        The literary picturesque had been closely linked to Scotland and its proud, bold and
uncompromising chieftains. One of the more prominent figures within this movement was
John Leyden, who was a close associate of Walter Scott, having helped him in collecting
Scottish balladry for his Border Minstrelsy. Leyden was also a very gifted linguist, who had
ended up in India, where he was making a name for himself as an Oriental Scholar, when he
fell gravely ill and was recommended to seek recovery in Penang. There he famously met
Raffles, newly arrived from Britain, and the two set out to kick-start British scholarship on
Malay history and language. 9

        By this time Leyden already knew numerous Oriental languages. What was it then
that made Leyden take such a keen interest in the Malay? It seems that his fascination was to
a great extent built on preperceptions of the Malay as portrayed by the eighteenth century as
kris swinging and piratical. It was no coincidence that the characterisation of the Malay,
especially as it revealed itself to Leyden in history, corresponded almost exactly to that of the
bold and courageous behaviour of the inhabitants of Scotland as Leyden saw them. He was
himself, after all, a stout Scotsman, and seems to have identified with the Malays in a special
way. When later landing at Java, he stepped ashore dressed as a pirate. Leyden’s personal
imagination had already come to light on his way to Penang, when he in vain hoped for
danger and attack from pirates. His favourite saying was ‘Where there is danger, Leyden is

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your man’, and he actively went out to seek it, which is amply evidenced in his
correspondence, as well as his poems, like his address to his Malay kris.

          In his introduction to Leyden’s translation of the ‘Malay annals’ Raffles explicitly
referred to Leyden’s attraction by the ‘wild traditions of the Malay’ which had inspired him
to the translation, saying that ’in the feudal notions and habits of this people, he found so
much in accordance with his own feelings of honour and independence, that he was at one
alive to their true interests’.

          It seems that Leyden was the main transmitter of these ideas to Raffles, whose later
romantic fascination with a perceived former character of the Malay corresponded to the
romantic and picturesque notion of boldness, courage and enterprise. Raffles also would come
to share Leyden’s romantic personal ambitions in this respect, by imagining himself as a
feudal lord of Sumatra and taking up the mantle of the old kings of Singapore.

          The later development of Raffles’ thinking in these issues, it seems, should perhaps
be seen in the light of Leyden’s literary and personal influence. Raffles was, after all, not a
Scotsman, had no formal schooling and although well read would perhaps not have evoked
literary associations to such an extent. Does this suggest that Raffles’ would not have taken
such a keen interest in the Malay without the picturesque and the ‘romance of history’?
Certainly not, but it highlights the need for intellectual movements in Europe to be
acknowledged as part and parcel of a colonial discourse.


    (Footnotes for this version of the paper are summary, and will need further completion if
    A medley of quotes from J. Johnson’s description of Penang in his Oriental Voyager
(London, 1807), p. 225-235.
    After conceiving these ideas, I have only very recently gained access to Virginia Matheson
Hooker’s (see bibliography) introductory essay to the recent reprint of Leyden’s Malay
Annals, where she proposes largely similar ideas.
    William Gilpin, Three Essays: on Picturesque Beauty; on Picturesque Travel; and on
Sketching a Landscape: to which is added a Poem, on Landscape painting. (1792, 2nd ed.
1794) reprinted in Andrews, 1994.
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    Bastin & Rohatgi, 1979, p, figures 8-17.
    This view had been most extensively put forward by Ian MacLaren, ‘The Aesthetic Mapping
of Nature in the Second Franklin Expedition, Journal of Canadian Studies 20, 1985.
    ‘The fittest from Great Britain to Colonise and Multiply on these Islands are the Highlanders
from Scotland, but let them not embark on the Thames, let them carry their simplicity with
    This Poivre had taken from the recycled Tomé Pires, which appeared in many
    For his publications on the Malay in the Asiatic researches, see Virginia Matheson Hooker,
2001, introduction.


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