'China Street, with part of the European Factories, Canton'. Engraving.
London: Black, Parry & Co, 1814. Aquatint print of a market street in Canton, showing a row of buildings of European design, and at the center, a large market hall its tall doors wide open, with goods hanging on the walls, almost as high as the ceiling. In the foreground are small groups of Chinese, some with long pigtails, and Europeans deep in discussion. At the right a seller of porcelain has his wares displayed on a table. This street was part of the area to which foreigners were restricted in Guangzhou, a small district of several acres on and near the banks of the river. Because Guangzhou held such dominance in trade, the system here was referred to as the "Canton System", lasting from 1700 to the mid 1800s. From 'Journal of a voyage, in 1811 and 1812 to Madras and China' by James Wathen. Drawn by James Wathen and engraved by I. Clark. 10 3/4 x 8" Very good condition. Item #19917