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  • Description

    A War Ship; seen from the broad side with sails down; from an album of 82 drawings of China
    Watercolour, ink and graphite

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  • Date

    • 1793-1796
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 234 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 183 millimetres
    • Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
    • Width: 334 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in ink upper right above the drawing: "71"
        Inscribed, very faintly, in pencil upper right corner of drawing: "10"
        Inscribed on album sheet below image: "Broadside View, of a Ship of War."
  • Curator's comments

    There is a list of descriptions of the subjects inserted in the front of the album. This drawing is described as: "71 Broadside View of a Junk of War - - - Vide the Costume of China."

    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". There is a small boat in the left foreground in the print.

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


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 22 (71) bibliographic details
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  • Exhibition history

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

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