CHINESE SCHOOL, MID-19TH CENTURY | Canton
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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- Chinese School, mid-19th century
- titled lower centre
- oil on canvas, in its Chinese ebonised framed
- 45.5 by 78cm., 18 by 31in.
Purchased by the father of the present owner; thence by descent
The present work can be dated circa 1847 - 1856, thanks to the Anglican church visible to the right, land for which was acquired in 1847. The church and the fenced-off gardens replaced the pagodas of views of Canton predating the First Opium War. In 1856 a great fire destroyed the remaining hongs (here visible flying flags), which were never rebuilt.