C1859

The Chinese Empire Illustrated: Being a Series of Views from Original Sketches, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, Social Habits, &c., of that Ancient and Exclusive Nation

Artist:

Thomas Allom (1804 - 1872)

The extra illustrated edition of this wonderful illustrated work on China. Included are numerous views of Hong Kong, Canton (Guangzhou), Macao, temples and scenes of everyday life. These series was a direct result of British colonistaion of Hong Kong in … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Chinese Empire Illustrated: Being a Series of Views from Original Sketches, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, Social Habits, &c., of that Ancient and Exclusive Nation

Date:

C1859

Artist:

Thomas Allom (1804 - 1872)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 270mm
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The Chinese Empire Illustrated: Being a Series of Views from Original Sketches, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, Social Habits, &c., of that Ancient and Exclusive Nation - Antique Print from 1859

Genuine antique
dated:

1859

Description:

The extra illustrated edition of this wonderful illustrated work on China. Included are numerous views of Hong Kong, Canton (Guangzhou), Macao, temples and scenes of everyday life. These series was a direct result of British colonistaion of Hong Kong in 1841.

Sumptuously bound in half brown morocco and pebbled cloth, gilt stamp design, gilt compartments on spine with gilt title, all edges gilt. Two volumes in one. xii, [5]-184; [2], 140 pp., 163 ill., 4 added title-pages; 2 folding maps.

Biography:

 Thomas Allom (1804 –1872) 

Artist, illustrator and prominent architect, Allom designed many buildings in London, including the Church of St Peters.  Allom is best known for his paintings and engravings of various exotic countries. Beginning in the 1820’s he travelled extensively throughout Britain, Europe, Middle East and China. He published his travel in the following accounts, all of which were superbly illustrated with fine and detailed engravings; Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor 1838, Character and Costume in Turkey and Italy, 1840. His most notable work was China Illustrated published in 1845- not long after the First Opium War or The Treaty of Nanking (1842), which allowed the British greater access to Chinese ports and ceded Hong Kong to British rule, meaning that the British were able to gain further insight into the previously unknown mysteries of China. This engraving from this very popular series played a crucial role in the growing interest and intrigue that the West developed towards the Chinese aesthetic. Prior to this series, many topographical views of China were incomplete.

Allom’s China Illustrated helped create a clearer image for the Europeans as to what Imperial China was like by including not just landscapes but also social customs, history, law and politics.  

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