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Watercolour - Foreign factories in Canton

Foreign factories in Canton

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Canton (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on silk

  • Museum number:

    D.448-1887

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This view of the Canton waterfront shows the foreign trade settlements in the 1770s. The flags visible are, from right to left, Dutch, British, Swedish, Imperial (Holy Roman Empire) and French. The artist has made no attempt to make the scene appear exotic. This painting is most likely an attempt to make an objective record of the time and place.

Physical description

This view of the Canton waterfront shows the foreign trade settlements as they were in the last years of the European ancient regime. It is executed in a cool and dispassionate manner, with no attempt at an effect of exoticism, and is likely to be a plain piece of topographical reporting. The flags visible are, from right to left: Dutch, British, Swedish, Imperial (Holy Roman Empire) and French.

Place of Origin

Canton (made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on silk

Dimensions

Height: 32.4 cm, Width: 53.3 cm

Descriptive line

Foreign factories in Canton; Pap, China, paintings and drawings

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 16, fig. 2.
76
Souvenir from Canton : Chinese export paintings from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Shanghai, 2003

Subjects depicted

Flags; Boats; Buildings; Waterfronts

Categories

Paintings

Collection

East Asia Collection

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