Images of Lieutenant Thomas Waghorn
Updated 16 January 2008
© Waghorn painted in 1832
Image by kind permission of the owner.
Interview With Mehmet Ali in His Palace at Alexandria
From "Egypt And Nubia" by David Roberts (1796-1864)
[Lieutenant Waghorm is seated between the two men on the far right.]
Whilst in Alexandria, May 12, 1839, "says Mr. Roberts, I received from Colonel Campbell an invitation to breakfast and afterwards to accompany him to an interview with the Pasha, which had been arranged for that day. Our party started for the Arsenal, where Mehemet Ali was ready to receive us. After passing through numerous guards we were ushered into the presence-chamber, which, from the window, commanded a magnificent view of the harbour. The fleet, consisting of about twenty sail of the line fully equipped, the Arsenal, the dockyards, and numerous batteries displaying a power created by his own forethought and energies, lay before us, a glorious scene. The room was spacious and lofty, and crowded with officers in rich uniforms, many of them wearing their decorations. The Pasha was in simple costume, without any mark of distinction upon him which Nature had not stamped."
"Colonel Campbell was busy explaining to the Pasha the enthusiastic Lieutenant Waghorn's idea of the overland rail route to India. And from memory. Roberts made a drawing of the scene; the lithograph, though rather stiff, has historical interest. It is filled with portraits, including his own. Old Bogosh Bey, the Armenian chief minister and most trusted servant, stands behind the Pasha. Colonel Campbell, Waghorn, M. Linanr, the Venerable Dr Tattam, Mr Pell, and other Englishmen are seated on a long divan in a balconied room against a wide background of the Pasha's fleet at anchor in the harbour. Roberts depicted himself, eagerly leaning forward slightly, as if to capture on his retina every possible detail not only of the Pasha's face but of the entire scene. It is, if not artistic, at least a graphic tour deforce." David Roberts R.A. 1796-1864 - A Biography by Katharine Sim, Quartet Books, London 1984 p.203
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