Paris: Goupil & Vibert.
Tinted lithograph. Sheet measures 15" x 21 1/2". Image measures 11 1/4" x 16"
This striking print depicts a large tree with men sitting beneath, playing games and in repose. Surrounding the tree are several shops and a small temple, with shopkeepers and villagers standing outside in conversation. A mother is tending to her children, and two men are wranging a pig. Mountains and hills are visible in the distance.
Shortly after Borget's trip, the island of Hong Kong was ceded to Britain in the aftermath of the First Opium War.
The print is in good condition with wide margins as issued. Toning at margins, and one chip to bottom left corner, 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 in a book titled La Chine et les Chinois[China and the Chinese]. Bourget visited the country aboard the ship "Psyche" to Canton and the surrounding regions in 1838 and 1839 as part of a world tour, and found it to be one of his favorites. This print evidences his love of the country and its culture.