Shipping on the Pearl River thought, to be the approach to Canton
Watercolour and bodycolour on silk
24 x 32 ˝ in (60.9 x 82.6 cm)
Framed in a wide Dutch black lacquer-style frame with an inner gilded slip and UV museum quality glass.
It is thought that this fascinating work originally formed part of a scroll which extended in both directions illustrating the length of the Pearl River, as discussed in Dr. Patrick Conner’s book ‘The Hongs of Canton – Western Merchants in South China 1700-1900, as seen in Chinese export paintings’
Dr. Patrick Conner, ‘The Hongs of Canton – Western Merchants in South China 1700-1900, as seen in Chinese export paintings’, published by English Art Books, 2009, pages 42 and 43, plates 2.17 & 2.18
This fascinating watercolour and bodycolour painting on silk has an ethereal quality much in the vein of James McNeil Whistler and on the rare occasions that it has been seen, it has caused great interest.