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Images of the Canton Factories 1760-1822: Reading History in Art

Paul A. Van Dyke and Maria Kar-wing Mok


Hundreds of Chinese export paintings of Canton trading houses and shopping streets are in museums and private collections throughout the world, and scholars of art and history have often questioned the reliability of these historical paintings. In this illustrated volume, Paul Van Dyke and Maria Mok examine these Chinese export paintings by matching the changes in the images with new historical data collected from various archives. Many factory paintings are reliable historical records in their own right and can be dated to a single year. Dating images with such precision was not possible in t ... More

Keywords: Thirteen Factories, Chinese export art, Trading houses, Treaty Ports Era, Co-hong, Foreign Quarter, China, Guangzhou, Canton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208555
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. Van Dyke, author
Professor, History Dept. at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

Maria Kar-wing Mok, author
Curator, Hong Kong Museum of Art