[Chinese Drawings]. Eight watercolours.

China, early 19th century.

Folio. 8 watercolours (365 x 300 mm) and 3 pen and ink drawings (375 x 235 mm) mounted in album. Half calf with gilted title "Chinese drawings" to spine.


The watercolours show various stages of the process of producing rice and paper, including the irrigation of the fields by foot mill, grinding, separating the rice from the chaff, etc. The ink drawings are mounted on smaller paper leaves, numbered 9 - 11, each provided with a detailed description of the parts of the machines in English. They show sketches of a Refiner & Silver Furnace at Canton, a section of a Chinese furnace to refine the dross of tin or lead and a section of a Chinese lime Kiln and its wind fan.

Bookplate of the Society for Promoting Arts and Commerce (Royal Society of Arts) on front pastedown. Occasional spotting.