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drawing / album

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  • Description

    'A Tartar boatwoman' and two children; a woman, in profile, seated on the ground facing left, a baby in a sling attached to her back and a small child grasping a flag stood in front of her, a basket on the ground in front of them; from an album of 82 drawings of China
    Watercolour, ink and graphite


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  • Date

    • 1793-1796
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 233 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 182 millimetres
    • Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
    • Width: 334 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in ink upper right above the drawing: "36"
        Inscribed (faintly) in pencil upper right corner of drawing: "32"
        Inscribed on album sheet below image: "A Tartar boatwoman of Canton and her Family."
  • Curator's comments

    There is a list of descriptions of the subjects inserted in the front of the album. This drawing is described as: "36. A Tartar boatWoman and her children, attaching infants to the back in a kind of bag is the general method of carrying children used by women whose employment is sculling or rowing Boats, the elder child has a sort of Flag for a toy,"

    For further information about the album, see comment for 1865,0520.193.


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 22 (36) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (198.c.1)

  • Exhibition history

    1992-3 Oct-Mar, BM, Britain's First View/China (ff.1,5,25,37,74; no cat.)

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    Prints & Drawings

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