A bound volume of 60 watercolours and a manuscript for George Henry Mason's 'Costume of China' and a printed copy.
The Costumes of China by Unknown Artist, c. 1789
© Ashmolean Museum
- Watercolour on paper & printed book
- 33.6 x 26.5 cm & 37 x 27.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £17,000)
- Acquired in:
The watercolours were painted anonymously in Canton in 1789 according to an inscription in the volume. In the printed version, each illustration bears the signature 'Pu Qua, Canton, Delin.'; however nothing is known of such artist. Large quantities of watercolours were produced in Canton for the foreign market in the second half of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
A bookplate in the printed volume states library of Sir Hugh H Smiley, Bt.; included in the purchase of a house by vendor's father in 1932; then by descent.