Precious menagerie: The William Farquhar collection of rare watercolours have finally found a permanent home

The William Farquhar collection of rare watercolours have finally found a permanent home deepika shetty Straits Times 9 Sep 11; The 477 rare and exquisite watercolour drawings of South-east Asian plants and animals that make up the William Farquhar collection have done some travelling in their 200 years. They have gone from Malacca, where they were commissioned, to Britain, and more recently, popped up at a Sotheby's auction in London in 1993, which led to a full circuit back home to South-east Asia, and Singapore. The journey home began thanks to cultural philanthropist Goh Geok Khim, the 80-year-old founder of local brokerage firm GK Goh, who bought the William Farquhar collection of natural history drawings for $3 million in 1993. But the full story of the journey of the collection - which can be seen in a new light at the National Museum from next week - has only just ...

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