Chinese School, 19th Century
View of the Factories at Canton. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 1826-32, depicting the factories, one flying the flag of the Netherlands (which was replaced by the French flag in 1832), another displaying the British flag, a pagoda is shown which was added to Chung Qua's factory sometime around 1826, 18 x 23 1/2 in., in a later gilt gesso frame. Condition: Relined, scattered retouch to background sky, minor craquelure.
Literature: For a similar composition with many common elements see The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, by Carl L. Crossman, Antique Collectors' Club, Suffolk, England, 1991, p. 428, appendix E, item 11.