C1800

A Pillow-Seller

Artist:

Pu-Qua Canton

Fine quality aquatint from the series, The Costume of China by George Henry Mason a lieutenant in Her Majesty’s 36th Regiment who had been based in southern India and had subsequently spent several months convalescing in Canton (present day Guangzhou) … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Pillow-Seller

Date:

C1800

Artist:

Pu-Qua Canton

Condition:

In good condtion, some minor spoting around the edges of the page.

Technique:

Original aquatint with fine strong original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 240mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Pillow-Seller - Antique Print from 1800

Genuine antique
dated:

1800

Description:

Fine quality aquatint from the series, The Costume of China by George Henry Mason a lieutenant in Her Majesty’s 36th Regiment who had been based in southern India and had subsequently spent several months convalescing in Canton (present day Guangzhou) in 1789-1790.

The series was made to cater to the intense interest in Britain for cultural information and pictures of China. This had resulted from the importation of tea, porcelain and the use of chinoiserie in architecture and furnishings.

The aritst name Pu-Qùa is not a Chinese name but rather a suffix added by the British in Canton to the Chinese artists and merchants names. 

George Mason, stated;

‘The Cantonese watercolorist Pu-Qùa learned to paint in the Western style. His depictions of the everyday lives and dress of the working class are “accurate representations of the domestic and mechanical habits of an original and remote nation, which, though discovered upwards of 500 years, is still but little known by Europeans.’

Reference Abbey, Travel 533

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