• Maritime Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5949

    Maritime Art

    11 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 113

    Fritz Siegfried Georg Melbye (Danish, 1826-1896)

    Junks, sampans and western shipping lying off Hong Kong at dusk

    Price Realised  

    Fritz Siegfried Georg Melbye (Danish, 1826-1896)
    Junks, sampans and western shipping lying off Hong Kong at dusk
    signed and dated 'Fritz. S. Melbye 1868' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    15 x 27 in. (38.1 x 68.6 cm.)


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    Initially captured by Captain Eliott, R.N., in August 1839 during the opening phases of the so-called "Opium War", the island of Hong Kong was granted to Great Britain by the Convention of Chuanpee on 20th January 1841 and then ceded absolutely the following year under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking. From the moment Captain Belcher, R.N., took formal possession of the territory on 26th January 1841, however, it assumed an imperial role of the greatest importance, not only as the principal base for the Royal Navy's Far Eastern fleet but also as the main port of discharge for the immensely lucrative opium trade with China.

    Born in Elsinore in 1824, Fritz Sifgried Georg Melbye, was the brother of the better known marine painters, Anton and Vilhelm.

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