This is an oil painting by J.T. Thomson, who served as Engineer and Surveyor of Singapore from 1841 to 1853. It shows a view of the Padang from Scandal Point, the Saluting Battery (a small knoll above the original shoreline since levelled) situated at the edge of Connaught Drive, southeast of St. Andrew’s Church (St. Andrew’s Cathedral today). Scandal Point gained its name because it was a popular meeting place for social discourse and gossiping. The painting illustrates the various social and sporting activities that the people of different ethnic groups typically engaged in on the Padang during the 19th century. The people depicted include Asian nannies with their charges, a group of ‘Orang Laut’ (sea nomads) with fishing spears, a Chinese family, Indians and Arabs.