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'A Mandarins pleasure-boat'; from an album of 82 drawings of China
Watercolour, ink and graphite
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Height: 443 millimetres (album cover)
Height: 234 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 182 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 described as: "68. A Mandarins pleasure-boat - - - Vide the Costume of China."
Plate 24 (aquatint) in "The Costume of China" (published 1805; etched lettering under image: "London Published Dec.r 1:st 1799. by G Nicol. Pallmall."). This print is entitled "A Mandarin's travelling boat", and the boat depicted is more ornate and with more decorative features such as flags. Alexander equates a mandarin's barge with an English carriage, there function being to transport the mandarin from place to place in fulfilment of his public duties.
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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