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A group of figures holding umbrellas; in the centre are two men in conversation with a dog, in profile, to their left and in the right foreground a seated man with a small child behind him sheltering under an umbrella, buildings and trees in the far distance; from an album of 82 drawings of China
Watercolour, ink and graphite
- Height: 229 millimetres (sheet)
- Width: 180 millimetres
- Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
- Width: 334 millimetres
Inscription ContentInscribed in ink upper right above the drawing: "39"
Inscribed in very faint pencil upper right corner of drawing: "38(?)"
Inscribed on album sheet below image: "Chinese figures equipped for a Shower"
There is a list of descriptions of the subjects inserted in the front of the album. This drawing is described as: "39 Figures equipped for a Shower, one of them has a hood of red cloth, which is commonly worn at this time, & the blue umbrella, tho' used by one of the figures, is more frequently us'd by people keeping fruit stalls &c- "
The group of the man with the child on his back sheltering under an umbrella is very similar to that in Plate 30 (aquatint) of "The Costume of China" (published 1805; etched lettering below the image: "W. Alexander fec.t" and "London Publish'd Aug.t 13 1801, by G & W. Nicol Pallmall"), though the shape and positioning of the umbrella is different. This makes "The Costume of China" plate a conflation of this drawing and 1865,0520.225.
For further information about the album, see comment for 1865,0520.193.
1992-3 Oct-Mar, BM, Britain's First View/China (ff.1,5,25,37,74; no cat.)
- Topographic representation of: China
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Object reference number: PDB392092
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