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Object: 凱宴成功諸將士于正大光明殿 (Meritorious Officers and Soldiers at a Vicotry Banquet at the Hall of Justice and Honour)
Series: Battle prints
Plate from a series of ten copper-plate engravings of the Daoguang Emperor's campaign against Jahangir, in East Turkestan; scene in front of an ornate building where praparations are in place for a feast to honour meritorious officers; to left, the Emperor is seated in an ornate litter resting on the ground; attendants and other figures all around; in the centre a man carrying a cermonial parasol is standing on a large carpet; smaller buildings and trees in the background. Inscription and seals Engraved on very thin paper.
- Production date
- 1830 (circa)
Height: 55.90 centimetres (sheet; trimmed)
Width: 90.50 centimetres (sheet; trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- Like his predecessor, the Daoguang emperor wished to commemorate military success with the production of copperplate engravings, in this case, the East Turkestan campaign of 1827-8. A set of ten plates, engraved in Beijing, appeared in 1830 and include imperial poems engraved on them. The campaign was directed against a zealous leader called Jahangir, who came from a lineage ruling Turkestan before the Qing conquest of the 1750s. Jahangir had been held in Kokand until 1817, and in 1826 he invaded East Turkestan, capturing several major strongholds including Kashgar. The Daoguang emperor sent troops to the region in 1827 and in 1828 defeated Jahangir, who was taken to Beijing and executed. The scene shows the military ritual of the vicotry banquet for the meritorious officiers and soldiers, attended by the emperor. It was held at the Hall of Justice and Honour (Zhengda Guangmingdian) in the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanmingyuan). The accompanying text, composed by the emperor and dated 1829, is engraved on the copperplate in imitation of his handwriting, along with two imperial seals.
Former Publication: 'A complete collection of Qing Dynasty copper plate victorious battle prints', edited by Zhang Xiaoguang: Beijing, 2003
Transliteration and translation by Paul Bevan.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by the Matron, St Thomas' Hospital.
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