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View of the foreign factory site, Canton, China
A-7525
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a very attractive painting and an important and accurate historical document. For instance, we can see on this painting that the Dutch factory was refurbished with a second storey veranda enclosed by a roof with a pediment. Consequently, the scroll must date from sometime after the mid-1770s.

History of the Object
Few scrolls survive intact; most were cut up. This is probably also a fragment of a larger painting. The tradition of these painted scrolls with the foreign factory site started in the 1760s and continued through the late 18th century.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Paper, silk, gouache, ink 
Measurements
96x295 cm 
Creator name
not known 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Unknown 
Geography
Unknown 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1775-1780 
Function
These painted scrolls were probably commissioned in Canton specially for the home-based directors of the European trading companies as they convey a wealth of accurate topographical information. 
Acquisition
Gift by the Amsterdam Zoo Natura Artis Magistra in 1920. See also A-5752. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of KIT Tropenmuseum. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam 
Museum
Tropenmuseum 
Credit line
©Tropenmuseum 

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