The set is generally considered to have been painted, along with sets depicting porcelain and rice production, around 1790-1800. The late 18th century style and the 'Tea Production' set are discussed in Carl Crossman, The China Trade, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1991, p. 179. The late 18th century attribution is further aided by a leather-bound set of twelve 'Tea Production' paintings, formerly in the collection of Lord Grenville, who served as Foreign Secretary of England from 1791-1801 and Prime Minister in 1806-7. The album is inscribed ‘Lord Grenville, Chinese Drawings ft. 1803.’ For more on this group see Pauline Webber, 'A Souvenir from Guangzhou’ V&A Conservation Journal, Autumn 2004, no.48, pp 2-4.
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