A View of the European Factories at Canton

Daniell and his uncle, Thomas Daniell, were important artist-explorers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They travelled throughout the East, above all in India, and published an influential series of illustrated volumes of ‘Oriental Scenery’. Both also exhibited large-scale paintings of Indian and Chinese subjects like this at the Royal Academy. Here, Daniell shows the warehouses or ‘factories’ run by European states trading with China at Canton, the contact zone between China and the West. It is shown as thriving, populous and ordered, with exaggeratedly large ships to suggest the volume of trade conducted there.

Object Details

ID: ZBA1291
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - Traders Gallery
Creator: Daniell, William
Places: Canton
Events: First Opium War, 1840-1842
Date made: Late 18th to early 19th century
Exhibition: Art for the Nation; Collecting for the 21st Century Traders: The East India Company and Asia
Credit: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 1999
Measurements: Painting: 940 x 1820 x 25 mm; Frame: 1119 x 2000 x 76 mm; Weight: 41.2kg

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