[Nine sketches of the campaign in China, 1857-8.]
[British, c.1857 (one plate dated).]
Nine scarce woodcut illustrations, eight of Chinese civilians, one showing an Indian soldier. Printed on a variety of wove and laid papers, four with printed captions. Various sizes, most approx. 25 x 20cm (10 x 8"). Some creasing and light soiling, nicks and small tears to extremities in places.
Lively semi-caricatured depictions - they might now be considered rather crude racial stereotypes - of Asian males and females, featuring a dog and a pig in two of the plates. Two of the sketches show barbers with cut-throat razors; one man is rowing a small boat. They all are evidently sketched from life and may have been printed on campaign from a local (portable?) press, using whatever paper was available. Henry Hope Crealock (1831-1891), soldier, artist and writer, saw active service in a number of fronts including the siege of Sevastopol, the operations at Canton in 1857-8 and the Indian campaigns of 1858 and 1859. He was an accomplished draughtsman, and his sketches of scenes in the Indian mutiny, the China campaign and the Anglo-Zulu War are valuable records of those events. In March 1857 he was appointed deputy adjutant quartermaster-general to the China expeditionary force in the Second Opium War. He was present during the operations at Canton in December 1857 and January 1858. On 20 July 1858 he reached the regimental rank of lieutenant-colonel. Later in his career, as major general, he commanded the 1st Division of the Army in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. After retiring, he republished a series of anti-Russian articles as The Eastern Question in 1885.
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