View of a Pai-Loo, improperly called a Triumphal Arch, and of a Chinese fortress.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving with very large margins. On watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman 1794. Platemark: 505 x 380mm. (19¾ x 15"). Large margins.
A view including a structure marked with Chinese characters and a decorated top, in front of which, officials are overseeing the punishment of three men. Behind to left, people are watching a performance on a raised, covered stage and to the right, is a fortress with thick sloping walls with soldiers at the battlements. Plate 31 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. See item ref: 37515, 'Narrative of the British Embassy to China In the Years 1792, 1793 and 1794' for a detailed account of Æneas Anderson's voyage to China in the service of Lord Macartney, including a list of the retinue of Lord Macartney and a Glossary of Chinese words.
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