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- Series: Annam Campaign
Album containing ten leaves including prints (engravings) depicting the Annam (Vietnam) campaign, a frontispiece and two Qianlong seals.
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Width: 88 centimetres (image; trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- The set of prints commemorating the Annam Campaign of 1788 to 1789 consists of six prints, after four artists collectively, and is dated 1789 to 1790. In 1788, The Qianlong Emperor sent troops to Annam at the request of the Le dynasty ruler of Vietnam, who had fled the Tay Son peasant rebellion there. Thanglong (Hanoi) was captured in 1788 but soon afterwards, the Qing army was defeated by Nguyen Hue, one of three Tay Son brothers. The Qing army had to withdraw to China, and although the Qianlong Emperor gave formal protection to the Le former ruler and his family, he recognised the rule of Nguyen Hue.
Walter Fuchs identified the original large black and white picture (410 x 403 cm) incorporating the scenes depicted in the first five plates of the ‘Annam Campaign’ set of prints. Three artists were identified in a caption associated with this composition: Jia Quan, Yao Wenhan and Yi Lantai; another artist, Yang Dazhang, appears to have had an overall role as draughtsman for the entire set of six plates. See Fuchs 1944, 117-121; Fuchs 1959; and Europa 1985, cat.12/51 – cat.12/53.
For a detailed account of these prints, including a translation of the imperial poems, see Gaspardone 1956.
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