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Chinese school “Macau Harbour” gouache

Posted: December 5th, 2022 | No Comments »

I saw this pop up at auction recently with very little information. So no date, no artist or anything i’m afraid. I suspect the painting was done by an artist unfamiliar with Macao and based on the many nineteenth century images of the harbour by everyone from Chinnery to the Chinese artists of the Anglo-Chinese School, Tingqua etc who specialized in gouache. What I find interesting about it is that it shows (in highly heightened, basically Alpine or reminiscent of Japanese mountain scene, form) the hills of Lapa Island that have since gone. For anyone interested I wrote about these for the South China Morning Post weekend magazine a few months ago (click here).

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