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A warship; a highly-decorated boat with two tall masts and a much smaller boat to the rear of it; from an album of 82 drawings of China
Watercolour, ink and graphite
- Height: 234 millimetres (sheet)
- Width: 183 millimetres
- Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
- Width: 334 millimetres
Inscription ContentInscribed in ink upper right above the drawing: "64"
Inscribed on album sheet below image: "A (Pin-gee-na) or Ship of War."
There is a list of descriptions of the subjects inserted in the front of the album. This drawing is described as: "64 A Ping-ge-na or Ship of War, taken while at anchor near Ning-po, this subject displays the low state of naval architecture in China, the sterm falls in with an angle, which must subject the Ship to imminent danger when going before the wind in high Seas."
Plate 32 (aquatint) in "The Costume of China" (published 1805; etched lettering under image: "W. Alexander fec.t" and "London Published Aug.t 13. 1801. by G: & W. Nicol. Pallmall"), entitled "A Ship of War", depicts the same ship in profile. In this view an open hatch at the back, from which protrudes the ship's rudder, can be seen and there is a small boat containing three figures in the foreground on the left.
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: PDB392734
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