The gallery deals in fine early English watercolours and drawings of the 18th and 19th centuries and is the world's leading specialist in 'China Trade' paintings and pictures related to the Far East in the period 1700-1950. These include works by both Western artists who travelled to the East; and also works by Chinese artists who painted 'in the Western manner' for the merchants and ships' officers who came to the China coast.
Traveller-artists in the Far East
1 Jul 2016 - 8 Jul 2016
Our exhibition during London Art Week 2016 will present a selection of works on paper by European artists who travelled to China, India and the Far East in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Among these are watercolours and drawings by artists who were on official voyages, such as William Alexander, ‘draughtsman’ to the first British embassy to China in 1792-4. Others, including George Chinnery, were prolific in recording the landscape and scenes of everyday life alongside working on commissioned pieces, such as portraits.