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Royal Commonwealth Society : Moorish tannery from the window of the Victoria Hotel, Tangier, 1865-66

Frome, Edward Charles (1802-1890)

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Edward Charles Frome was born in Gibraltar, where his father was a military chaplain. He entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in 1817 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1827. During a distinguished career, Frome served as Surveyor-General of South Australia and of Mauritius; Commanding Royal Engineer in Scotland, Ireland and Gibraltar; Inspector-General of Fortifications; and Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey. Frome's hobby was drawing and painting, and from the time of his earliest travels he recorded the places he visited by pen and pencil sketches and water colours. His art work reflects the accurate eye and thorough professional skill of the engineer and surveyor.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Tangier is a Mediterranean port on the Strait of Gibraltar. The Portuguese presented it to King Charles II in 1662 as part of Catherine of Braganza’s dowry. Tangier was expensive to maintain and defend, and the English destroyed the town and port before withdrawing in 1684, after which it was occupied by the Sultan of Morocco.</p>

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