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Banqueting Room at a Mandarins House near Canton, from Journal of a voyage

Banqueting Room at a Mandarins House near Canton, from Journal of a voyage


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Banqueting Room at a Mandarins House near Canton, from Journal of a voyage

STC172983 Banqueting Room at a Mandarins House near Canton, from Journal of a voyage, in 1811 and 1812 to Madras and China, engraved by J. Clark, published 1814 (colour litho) by Wathen, James (d.1828) (after); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; British, out of copyright

Media ID 22344298

© The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

Banquet Cantonese Enclosed Grass Lawn Official Open Oriental Pavilion Potted Plants Rockery Shrubs Walled Al Fresco Dining


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This print transports us to a Banqueting Room at a Mandarins House near Canton, offering a glimpse into the opulent world of 19th-century China. The image, engraved by J. Clark and published in 1814, showcases the exquisite beauty of this oriental setting. The scene unfolds within an enclosed garden, where lush greenery and carefully manicured shrubs create a serene atmosphere. A sprawling lawn stretches out before us, inviting guests to partake in al fresco dining amidst nature's embrace. Delicate potted plants adorn the space, adding bursts of color and fragrance to the surroundings. At the center of it all stands an ornate pavilion, its intricate architecture reflecting Chinese craftsmanship at its finest. This grand structure serves as both a focal point and shelter for those indulging in lavish banquets beneath its roof. Beyond the pavilion lies an enchanting rockery that adds depth and texture to the landscape. Its natural formations blend seamlessly with man-made elements, creating harmony between human intervention and Mother Nature herself. As we delve deeper into this photograph's details, we can almost hear laughter echoing through these hallowed grounds - evidence of joyous gatherings held here by high-ranking officials or esteemed individuals. Through this remarkable image captured by James Wathen during his voyage to Madras and China over two centuries ago, we are transported back in time to experience firsthand the splendor of ancient Chinese culture intertwined with nature's tranquility.

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