Paris: Goupil & Vibert.
Tinted lithograph. Sheet measures 15" x 21 5/8". Top image measures 6 3/4" x 11 1/2". Bottom image measures 8" x 11 1/4".
An interior from Macao and a vista of Hong Kong are included together.
The top image features the interior view of the Great Temple of Macao, of which Borget writes "It is so difficult to describe Chinese objects in European language, that I have not yet dared to speak to you of the great temple of Macao - the greatest marvel which I have yet seen... Almost daily I visit this temple - the Chinese name of which, Neang-ma-ko, signifies the Old Temple of the Lady." The temple is known in the present-day as A-Ma Temple, from which the name Macao is thought to be derived". In his writings, Borget vividly describes the architectural details of the temple, as visible in the image.
The bottom image depicts an ornate tomb, with a small village visible in the background. The village sits on "a neck of land" separating the Hong Kong bay from the Kowloon bay, both of which can be seen in Borget's drawing. The bays are surrounded by lush vegetation, rolling hills, and the mountains of Hong Kong in the distance.
The print is in good condition with wide margins as issued. Chips and tears to the margins, , stains upper right and left not affecting the image.
The French artist Auguste Borget (1809-1877) exhibited often in the Paris Salon, but he is best known for his drawings of China, made into lithographs by Eugene Ciceri and published in 1942. Bourget visited the country as part of a world tour and found it to be one of his favorites. He traveled aboard the ship "Psyche" to Canton and the surrounding regions in 1838 and 1839. Hard to find.