Oljemålning, Kina/China Trade Oilpainting
Chinese School, oil on canvas; a well-painted view from the south side of the Pearl River, where the European factories were located, the calm waters bustling with junks, sampans and 'flower boats', towards Honam Island, the shore dotted with warehouses.
The present depiction of the Honam waterfront is unusual as no Western boats are shown. Instead the artist captures the array of shipping vessels, such as junks, sampans, tanka, and Mandarin boats, along with a pair of ‘flower boats’ (floating brothels). Paintings of this type were generally made in sets of four, consisting of a scene of Macao, the Boca Tigris, Whampoa, and Canton.
Compare also a pair of paintings, in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Shipping in the Pearl River off Honam Island, Canton and Shipping in the Pear River off Canton, acc. nos BHC 1786 and BHC 1785
60 x 48 cm
Sent 1700-tal/ late 18th Century
Äldre svensk samling/Old Sweden Collection