Chinese Military drawn out in Compliment to the British Embassador.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving very large margins. On watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman 1794.' Platemark: 395 x 300mm. (15½ x 12").
A scene depicting a large number of soldiers ranged on the bank of a river with a battlemented wall behind. Vessels can be seen on the water in the foreground including a barge to the left, which is being drawn alongside by men on shore, in which a European is sitting with a sketchbook, perhaps William Alexander. Plate 18 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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