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ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL, [late 18th century]
An original watercolour, titled 'Calycanthus' of a cream-red-flowered shrub with two butterflies and a dragon-fly
, 1794.1794. Folio. (17 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches). Original water-colour on Whatman wove paper (sheet size: 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches), titled in both English, and Chinese characters. (A second, similar drawing has a '1794 ...' watermark). A Chinese drawing of a flowering shrub with butterflies produced for the Western market by a highly-talented Chinese artist, beautifully framed This watercolour derives from a well-established tradition of Chinese artists, working in and around the coastal trading ports, producing work for Western patrons, particularly the members of the East India and Dutch East India Companies. While meeting Western demands for botanical accuracy, the drawing has that fine Chinese feeling and tradition for design and delicacy which almost brings the plant to life. The insects (and particularly the butterflies) are used to heighten what is already a pleasing composition.
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books
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