Section and elevation of a wheel used by the Chinese for Raising Water

William Alexander

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A wonderfully detailed engraved view by William Alexander for Sir George Leonard Staunton's (1737-1801) sweeping book "An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion by His Majesty's Ship the Lion, and the Ship Hindostan, in the East India Company's service, to the Yellow Sea, and Gulf of Pekin taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney " published in London by W. Bulmer in 1797. This print measures 23'x17.25". 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. "An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China " was the most important account of the first British embassy to China, carried out in 1792-94. Lord Macartney's embassy was unsuccessful, the Chinese resisting British overtures to establish diplomatic relations in view of opening the vast Chinese realms to free trade, but it opened the way for future British missions, which would eventually lead to the first Opium War and the cession of Hong Kong to Britain in 1842. It also resulted in this invaluable account, prepared at government expense, largely from Lord Macartney's notes, by his secretary the medical doctor George Staunton, of Chinese manners, customs and artifacts at the height of the Qing dynasty, and of the various ports of call visited en route, from Teneriffe to Rio to Sumatra. The work elicited great interest and two further smaller-format editions were published in 1797; an American edition followed in 1799. Other reports of the trip were published by Aeneas Anderson and John Barrow (whose 1806 account focused on Cochin China, present-day South Vietnam). Overall this print is in good condition with some foxing/staining/creasing along margins. Bookseller Inventory # SF003789434012

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