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Picturing Technology in ChinaFrom Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century$
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Peter J. Golas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208159

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208159.001.0001

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Early Graphics in China

Early Graphics in China

(p.1) One Early Graphics in China
Picturing Technology in China

Peter J. Golas

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 1 takes up the appearance and evolution of early graphics in China. We introduce some of the first surviving Chinese efforts to portray technical subjects and the context out of which they arose. In particular, we shall direct our attention to the emergence of certain ideas – a preference for generality over specificity, great emphasis on the moral and persuasive power of pictures – that had an enduring influence on the role illustrations later came to play not only in the graphic arts and in the illustration of technology but also in Chinese culture generally. In this chapter, we also pay special attention to the unique importance of early illustrations of farming and clothmaking in China.

Keywords:   China, Scientific illustrations, Drawing techniques, Technical development, Literati, Science, Wood block printing, Agriculture, Industry

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