London, South Kensington
7 November 2008
The Conquests of the Emperor Qianlong (1736-95)
four engravings from a set of twelve, recording the Emperor Qianlong's military campaign in Formosa (Taiwan), 1786-88, after designs by the Court artists Kai Ts'tiuan and Li Ming, each scene accompanied by a poem and a seal 'The seal of the Emperor over 70 years of age', two with a further seal 'Still being diligent from day to day' -- 19¾in. x 34in. (50.2cm. x 86.4cm.) excluding mounts.
This large format style of engraving was initially used in France for the Emperor Qianlong's first military campaign engravings commissioned in 1765. The Emperor was so delighted with the outcome of these French engravings that he commissioned Chinese craftsmen to execute further engravings of later campaigns. The engravings in this lot are examples of Chinese workmanship. (4)
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