Macau: a bird's eye view

CHINESE SCHOOL (19th Century )

Macau: a bird's eye view

c. 1830 China

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This spectacular view looks down from Barra Hill (or from an imagined point above it) upon the peninsula of Macau; in the centre distance is the barrier across the isthmus separating the Portuguese settlement from the mainland of China. In the right foreground is the convent of Nossa Senhora da Penha, overlooking the Praya Grande, with Guia hill and fort at the far end of the bay; in the centre of the peninsula is the large Monte Fort, below which the church and college of S. Paulo are seen before the fire of 1835. The church of S. Lourenço and the Convent of S. José are clearly visible at the centre of the composition. Portuguese merchant ships appear in the Inner Harbour at left.

For a painted view from a similar position some twenty years earlier see P. Conner, ‘Images of Macao’, The Magazine Antiques, March 1999, 422-3; the present view reveals the extensive development of the city, especially on the Inner Harbour side, in the intervening period.
Dimensions
Height 24.75 inch (62.86 cm)
Width 42.25 inch (107.31 cm)
Stock Code
VH351
Medium
Oil on canvas
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