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A Chinese infantry soldier; described by missionaries as 'Tigers of War', due to the tiger-striped uniform with ears on the hood, carrying a sword and a shield decorated with the face of a monster; from an album of 82 drawings of China
Watercolour, ink and graphite
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Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
Height: 235 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 175 millimetres
Width: 334 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- There is a list of descriptions of the subjects inserted in the front of the album. This drawing is listed as: "12 A Soldier of infantry, these are called by the Missionaries Tygers of War. Vide D.o [Costume of China]."
Plate 5 (aquatint) in "The Costume of China" (published 1805; etched lettering below the image: "W Alexander. fecit." and "London Publish'd October 12.th 1797, by G. Nicol, Pall mall") in which the soldier is set against a landscape background; Alexander identifies the building on a mound on the right as a military post which has the yellow Imperial flag hoisted on a flagpole next to it. There are also differences in the soldiers' physiognomies, possibly due to the transfer from watercolour to etching. Another instance of this image occurs as Plate 24 of "Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese" (published 1814; etched lettering below the image: "Published Jan.y 1814, by J. Murray, Albemarle Street"), but in this case the soldier is facing left and his shield is resting at his feet.
There is another example of this subject in the BM which is mounted as an individual drawing; the figure is closer to that of "Costume of China" but there is no landscape background. See 1865,0520.1237
For further information about the album, see comment for 1865,0520.193.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992-3 Oct-Mar, BM, Britain's First View/China (ff.1,5,25,37,74; no cat.)
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