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Bound collection of 12 watercolours of punishments in China

Identifier: Coll-1562

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of 12 very vividly water-coloured drawings (280 x 180 mm) depicting scenes of punishments and executions. They have been done on Chinese rice paper held in place by a light blue silk ribbon border. The binding is covered in contemporary decorated silk. Done probably in Canton (Guangzhou), circa 1850.


  • 1850

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

Chinese watercolours were produced in the port cities of China for sale and export to Western customers in the late-18th and 19th centuries. Subjects covered such subjects as figure drawings, the crafts of tea growing and porcelain-making, topographical views, bird and flower painting, and the slightly more unusual. These had a considerable influence on the estern image of China.


1 bound volume

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase June 2014. Accession no: E2014.51

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 23 April 2015
Bound collection of twelve watercolour drawings of Chinese punishment and execution scenes, c, 1850

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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