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Views of China By William Alexander
1796

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William Alexander. From Sir George Leonard Staunton's An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. London: G. Nicol, 1796. Folio and double folio: images vary, folio size 16 x 22. Engravings. Very good condition.

A striking series of prints from an important eighteenth century series on China. William Alexander was an English watercolorist born in 1767. He accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this important publication . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. Alexander also contributed numerous drawings to Descriptions of Ancient Marbles and Terracottas in the British Museum and Architectural Antiquities. He died in 1816. These prints are admirable for their accuracy in depicting the architecture, costume, culture and landscape of Imperial China.

CHARTS:

  1. "A General Chart, . . ., to shew the track of the Lion and Hindostan from England to the Gulph of Pekin in China, . . . ." 22 3/4 x 37 1/4" Wear along folds. Old tears. As is: $300; Conserved: $600
  2. "Sketches of the Island of Santo Paulo, called Amsterdam, in the Indian Ocean." 15 1/4 x 20" $200
  3. "A Chart of part of the coast of Cochin-China including Turon Harbour and the Island Callao." 18 1/4 x 16 1/4" Trimmed to neatline at right. $150
  4. "A Chart on Mercator's Projection, containing the Track and Soundings of the Lion, the Hindostan and Tenders, from Turon-Bay in Cochin-China to the mouth of the Pei-Ho River in the Gulph of Pe-Tche-Lee or Pekin." 27 3/4 x 19 3/8 NA
  5. "A Chart of the Islands to the Southward of Tchu-San on the Eastern Coast of China generally laid down from one published by Alexander Dalrymple, Esqre. with additions and alterations." 21 1/4 x 13 1/2" $150

  6. "A Sketch by Compass of the Coast of the Promontory of Shan-Tung with the track of the Ships and the Soundings from the place of first making the Land to the Strait of Mi-A-Tau." 26 3/8 x 19 1/2" $200
  7. "Cape Macartney/ Cape Gower/ View of the City of Ten-Tchoo-Foo . . ." 19 1/8 x 28 1/4" $350
  8. "Sketch of the Pay-Ho or White River, and the Road from Pekin to Geho taken 1793." 17 1/4 x 13 1/4" $150
  9. "A Sketch of a Journey from Zhe-Hol in Tartary by land to Pekin and from thence by water to Hang-Tchoo-Foo in China." 25 x 17 3/4" $200
  10. "Sketch of a Journey from Hang-Tchoo-Foo to Quang-Tchoo-Foo or Canton in China." 25 x 17 7/8" $200
  11. "A Plan of the City and Harbour of Macao/ A Colony of the Portugueze [sic] situated at the southern extremity of the Chinese Empire." 27 3/8 x 20 3/4" [Illustrated top center.] NA

SCENES, FLORA & FAUNA:
  1. "A Leaf of the Cactus Opuntia or Prickly Pear with the Cochineal Insects upon it." 11 3/4 x 18 (platemark) $175
  2. "The Fire-Backed Pheasant of Java." 12 1/4 x 9 1/2" $250
  3. "Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock [sic] with their Feet." 6 7/8 x 9" $300
  4. "View in Turon Bay." 7 x 9" $300

  5. "A Mandarin or Magistrate of Turon attended by his Pipe-Bearer." 9 x 6 3/4" $300
  6. "Chinese Military Post." 9 3/8 x 13 7/8" $400
  7. "Chinese Military drawn out in Compliment to the British Embassador [sic]." 9 1/2 x 14" [Illustrated top left.] $500
  8. "Instruments of War used by the Chinese." 15 1/4 x 19" (plate mark) $250
  9. "View of one of the Wesern [sic] Gates of the City of Pekin." 9 3/8 x 13 7/8" NA

  10. "Plan of the Hall of Audience and the Adjacent Courts in the Emperor's Gardens at Yuen-Min-Yuen." 21 1/8 x 15 1/4 NA
  1. "Plans, Sections, Elevations, &c. of the Great Wall of China and some of the Towers, Near the Pass of Cou-Pe-Keou." 16 1/2 x 12 1/4". NA
  1. "Plan, section and Elevation of the Poo-Ta-La, or Temple of the Lama at Zhe-Hol in Tartary." 14 1/4 x 11 1/8" $250
  2. "A View of Poo-Ta-La or Great Temple near Zhe-Hol in Tartary." 9 1/2 x 13 7/8" $450
  3. "Punishment of the Tcha." 7 x 9" $300
  1. "A Scene in an Historical Play exhibited on the Chinese Stage." 9 1/2 x 14" $450
  2. "View of a Pai-Loo, improperly called a Triumphal Arch, and of a Chinese Fortress." 12 x 17 7/8" NA
  3. "A Quan or Mandarin bearing a Letter from the Emperor of China." 9 3/4 x 14". NA
  4. "A View near the City of Lin-Tsin on the Banks of the Grand Canal." 11 1/4 x 17 1/4". NA
  5. "Plan and Section of a Sluice or Flood Gate on the Grand Canal of China." 13 1/4 x 19 1/4" $250
  6. "Chinese Barges of the Embassy passing through a Sluice on the Grand Canal." 9 1/2 x 13 3/4" $450

  7. "View of Lake Pao-Yng… from the Grand Canal by an embankment of Earth." 11 3/4 x 18 3/8" NA
  8. "The Pelicanus Sinensis, or Fishing Corvorant [sic] of China." 9 5/8 x 12 1/4" $225
  9. "View of the Suburbs of a Chinese City." 11 3/4 x 17 3/4" NA
  10. "View of the Tchin-Shan, or Golden Island . . ." 12 x 18" NA
  11. "Chinese Barges of the Embassy preparing to pass under a Bridge." 11 3/4 x 17 3/4" $450

  12. "View of the Tower of the Thundering Winds on the borders of the Lake see-Hoo, taken from the Vale of Tombs." 12 x 17 3/4". NA
  13. "Economy of Time and Labor, exemplified in a Chinese Waterman." 7 x 9 1/8" $300
  14. "The Rock of Quang-Yin… serving as a Temple and Dwelling for Several Priests of Fo." 6 7/8 x 8 7/8" $300
  15. "Section and elevation of a wheel used by the Chinese for raising water." 14 3/8 x 19 1/2" $250


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