The Hongs of Canton (Guangzhou)

SUNQUA (worked c.1830-c.1870)

The Hongs of Canton (Guangzhou)

c. 1830 to c. 1835 China

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The Western hongs (or ‘factories’) are pictured in the early 1830s; French, American, British and Dutch flags are flying above their respective hongs. On the right the ‘British garden’, a controversial innovation in the early 1830s, has been recently planted. Overlooking the central inlet is the Chinese custom-house; another custom house can be seen at the far right, beside the Creek hong. In the river chop-boats, tanka boats, a flower-boat and other Chinese craft are joined by a British cutter sailing downstream.

For a similar view of the hongs with ‘Sunqua’ signature see Martyn Gregory Cat. 90, 2012-13, no.100.
Dimensions
Height 20.00 inch (50.80 cm)
Width 25.50 inch (64.77 cm)
Stock Code
VH575
Medium
Oil on canvas
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