Emerald Hill was originally owned by William Cuppage who later became Postmaster General of Singapore in the 1840’s. It was here that he had a nutmeg plantation which unfortunately failed. It later became an orchard owned by one of Cuppage’s sons-in-law. This too failed. The property changed hands several times, got subdivided and after the turn of the century became a neighbourhood for members of the city’s wealthy Peranakan (Straits Chinese) community. I am of Peranakan descent on my father's side but unfortunately don't have any family connections to Emerald Hill.
Now a conservation area, I love this street for it’s interesting style of Shophouse architecture.
I forgot to take a photo of the shophouse but here are a couple of photos taken by someone else on the day.
The red shophouse on the right is the one I sketched...
and here's the group at the end of the session.
Pen and ink, watercolour, on #Strathmore400 series Watercolour Journal 7.75”x9.75”