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In one, a sampan is approaching land- a mountain and trees can be seen in the background. One sailor is at the tiller inside the vessel and two others, each holding long bamboo poles, are propelling the vessel into land by walking up a narrow walkway or ledge on each side of the deck while pushing on the long pole which reaches the sea bed. The unused sail can be seen rolled up on the top of the vessels curved roof. A large banner with Chinese calligraphy hangs above the vessel from the mast and at the stern, two large circular lanterns at the end of red posts can be seen.
The second watercolour depicts a different vessel. Two men can be seen seated in a cabin with open windows and blue curtain fabric hanging- a man in a white jacket is approaching them. The ship is being propelled by a large oar which is being moved from side to side at the rear with a large rudder seen below. A flag in red and edged in blue flies from the mast and a blue banner can be seen above. The vessel is sailing in choppy water with islands and building visible on them in the background.
|Height||18.25 inch||(46.35 cm)|