Images of the Canton Factories 1760–1822: Reading History in Art

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ISBN: 978-9888208555
Hundreds of Chinese export paintings of Canton trading houses and shopping streets are in museums and private collections throughout the world, and scholars of art and history have often questioned the reliability of these historical paintings. In this illustrated volume, Paul Van Dyke and Maria Mok examine these Chinese export paintings by matching the changes in the images with new historical data collected from various archives. Many factory paintings are reliable historical records in their own right and can be dated to a single year. Dating images with such precision was not possible in the past owing to insufficient information on the scenes. The new findings in this volume provide unprecedented opportunities to re-date many art works and prove that images of the Canton factories painted on canvas by Chinese artists are far more trustworthy than what scholars have believed in the past.
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Reviews:Editorial Reviews on Amazon wrote:

‘The authors have made extensive use of the archives―largely unexplored hitherto―of the European and American merchants and companies trading at Canton from 1760 to 1822. They have marshalled their evidence with admirable care and clarity; this will be th

‘Canton was the place in the 18th and 19th centuries where Chinese and Western traders met. From there, Chinese commodities and knowledge about China spread over the globe. This detailed study on the factory buildings in Canton, the merchants and the trad

‘The great trade at Canton before the Opium War provided Europeans and North Americans with the finest images and examples of a distant civilization with many works of great beauty. Paul Van Dyke and Maria Mok are global leaders in our new understanding o

About the Author

Paul A. Van Dyke is professor of history at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and author of The Canton Trade Life and Enterprise on the China Coast, 1700–1845 (Hong Kong University Press, 2005). Maria Kar-wing Mok is a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. She was responsible for the research, exhibitions and publication of the museum’s Historical Pictures Collection.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hong Kong University Press (September 10, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 188 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9888208551
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9888208555
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.74 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10 x 0.6 x 10 inches

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