Paris: Goupil & Vibert.
Tinted lithograph. Sheet measures 15" x 21 5/8". Image measures 16" x 10".
This print depicts an area referred to as the "Thirteen Factories", along the Pearl River of southwestern Guangzhou, China - also known as Canton. On September 20, 1838, the artist wrote "On landing at Canton, a stranger is struck beyond measure at the singular effect produced by the buildings of the European factories in the midst of Chinese houses. The space allotted to the factories consists merely of a strip of land gained from the river... In front of each factory, at the top of a high mast, is displayed the national flag - English, French, American, Dutch, &c." This striking drawing shows the scene in incredible detail. The local inhabitants are shown aboard small boats, along the docks, and on terraces of houses lining the river bank. The artist successfully portrays the architectural styles of the European factories contrasting those of Chinese construction.The print is in very good condition with wide margins as issued. Very minor wear to margins, 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 lithographics by Eugene Ciceri and published in 1942 in a book titled Chine et les Chinoise [China and the Chinese]. Bourget visited the region between 1838 and 1839, as part of a world tour aboard the ship "Psyche", and found it to be one of his favorites. This print evidences his love of the country and its culture.