About this object

An album of watercolours, depicting a variety of boats found in China (13 folios). The album is covered with a red silk brocade; each painting has been stuck into the album separately. The paintings are crudely done and the album appears to be a tourist item.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Watercolour; Paper Plant; Paper Cardboard
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Guangdong Province: Guangzhou
  • Date collected
    1907-12-28 - 1907-12-30
  • Measurements
    260 mm x 370 mm x 25 mm; 10 1/4 in x 14 9/16 in x in
  • Note
    List of Curios No A19: Book of pictures painted (water colour) on paper made from pith $4.30, bought in Canton. Curator's notes: Bell went on a personal tour of China and Japan in 1907. His diary entry for 28th - 30th December 1907 reads, 'At Canton, weather wet throughout. Went round the City on the afternoon of the 29th + the morning of the 30th. Streets very narrow, houses high + broad, many smells. Most attractive through w. Its teeming busy life + the clever + beautiful productions in the shops...Saw "kingfisher" work, the coloured feather being inserted into brooches +other metal work. The work is so fine that the workers often go blind. Saw the so-called "rice paper pictures". They are really painted (water colour) on pith. Bought a set showing the different kinds of boats in use in China'. It appears this item is also recorded in Bell's Tibetan Books catalogue under item 18. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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