A Pleasure Junk

In 1792 Alexander went to China as a draughtsman attached to Lord Macartney's embassy. The other official artist was Thomas Hickey. Alexander returned two years later with many sketches, some of which were used to illustrate Sir George Staunton's account of the embassy (1794) and Sir John Barrow's Travels in China (1804). Local Chinese craft and their inhabitants were a favourite. This example, one of two in the Museum's collection, is signed and dated 1793.

Alexander became Professor of Drawing at the Military College at Great Marlow in 1802. He relinquished this post in 1808 on being appointed Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.

Object Details

ID: PAD8573
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Alexander, William
Date made: 1793
People: Alexander, William
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Mount: 137 mm x 204 mm

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