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 William Alexander (1767-1816) was an English artist. William Alexander was  the son of a coachmaker in Maidstone, Kent. In 1784, he became a student of the Royal Academy, from which time until 1792, when he was appointed one of the draughtsmen to the Macartney Embassy to China, he  applied himself to  study , and obtained the notice  of Sir Joshua Reynolds. From 1792 to 1794 he accompanied Lord George Macartney's official embassy on behalf of the British government to Beijing, where he documented the visit and made drawings of the Chinese court. In 1802 he was named professor of drawing at the Royal Military School, and later served as curator of drawings and prints at the British Museum.  Here he made the drawings for the plates which accompany Sir George Staunton's account of that embassy; and afterwards published also The Costume of China, illustrated by ninety-six coloured engravings, (2 vols. 4to. 1805-1 815.) The other principal works of this artist were Views of Headlands, Islands, etc., taken during the Voyage to China, 1798; the drawings from Mr.Daniells's Sketches, for Vancouver's Voyage to the North Pacific Ocean, and the descriptive plates to Mr. Barrow's Travels in China, and Voyage to Cochin China.
These plates are from either  :- 
1.Sir George Leonard Staunton's  An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. London: G. Nicol, 1796. Folio and double folio: images vary, folio size 16 x 22. Engravings. All very good condition. unless stated otherwise.
2. The other costume prints are from The VIEWS OF 18TH CENTURY CHINA: Costumes, History, Customs. , illustrated by ninety-six coloured engravings, (2 vols. 4to. 1805-1815.) They are all untitled but cleanly mounted unless stated  ., co-author George Mason, sold with no title page or text, just the fine plates,The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture. A true & accurate guide to what Chinese society looked like and what they did pre 1800. Printed lithographic plates finely hand-coloured at the time. Covering all phases & aspects of Chinese life, culture & activities. Includes some punishments as well. The books being often issued without text in concertina, folio and normal book format are thus sold a numbered images




A View of the gardens of the Imperial Palace in Pekin
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Lowry .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 36 x 24 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later



Chinese Military Post
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Lowry .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 36 x 24 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later
  

View of the Hall of Audience at the palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen."
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Lowry .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 36 x 24 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later


A Scene in an Historical Play exhibited on the Chinese Stage.
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Heath .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 36 x 24.5 cm. £185 inc delivery Hand colouring is later  x 4


A Leaf of the Cactus Opuntia or Prickly Pear with the Cochineal Insects upon it
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Medland .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 48 x 39 cm. £185 inc delivery Hand colouring is later  x 3


Instruments of War used by the Chinese."
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Medland .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins   Plate Size: 48 x 39 cm. £195 inc delivery Hand colouring is later  x 4


A View of Poo-Ta-La or Great Temple near Zhe-Hol in Tartary.

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Pouncy .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 36 x 24.5 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later x 4


View of a Pai-Loo, improperly called a Triumphal Arch, and of a Chinese Fortress.
   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Chapman .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins Image  Size: 46 x 30.5 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later  x 3 tinted


Sketches of the Island of Santo Paulo, commonly called Amsterdam, in the Indian Ocean / View of the Island of Santo Paulo or Amsterdam. Plate 2
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by Chapman .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins Image  Size: 46 x 30.5 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later 


"Plan and Section of a Sluice or Flood Gate on the Grand Canal of China.
   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 49 x 35.5 cm. £185 inc delivery Hand colouring is later

untinted


Plan, section and Elevation of the Poo-Ta-La, or Temple of the Lama at Zhe-Hol in Tartary.
untinted Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 49 x 35.5 cm. £185 inc delivery


Section and elevation of a wheel used by the Chinese for raising water.
 50 x 37 Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 49 x 35.5 cm. £185 inc delivery Hand colouring is later but good not sure age of colouring


Plan of the Hall of Audience and the Adjacent Courts in the Emperor's Gardens at Yuen-Min-Yuen.

untinted/trimmd to image /watermark to corner Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size:  56 x 41 cm. £135 inc delivery Hand colouring is later


The Fire-Backed Pheasant of Java
 Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 31 x 25 cm . £135 inc delivery Hand colouring is later


The Pelicanus Sinensis, or Fishing Corvorant [sic] of China
 31.5 x 24.5 tinted
 Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size:  31.5 x 24.5 tinted. £135 inc delivery Hand colouring is later
untinted


"Plans, Sections, Elevations, &c. of the Great Wall of China and some of the Towers, Near the Pass of Cou-Pe-Keou
untinted Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £145 inc delivery uncoloured chart


View of the Tower of the Thundering Winds on the borders of the Lake See-Hoo, taken from the Vale of Tombs.

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins  Size: 49 x 35.5 cm. £255 inc delivery Hand colouring is later x 3


View  in Turon Bay

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Smaller  page wide margins   due to being smaller images Size: 18 x 22.5 cm. £125 inc delivery Hand colouring is later x 6 also on Asia page


A Mandarin or Magistrate of Turon attended by his Pipe-Bearer

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Smaller  page wide margins   due to being smaller images Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £125 inc delivery Hand colouring is later x 4


Punishment of the Tcha

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Smaller  page wide margins   due to being smaller images Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £125 inc delivery Hand colouring is later  x 3


The Rock of Quang-Yin… serving as a Temple and Dwelling for Several Priests of Fo

   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Smaller  page wide margins   due to being smaller images Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £145 inc delivery Hand colouring is later but good not sure age of colouring x 2


"Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock [sic] with their Feet

 A game played with a shuttlecock by the inhabitants of a village in the Cochinchina region, now encompassing the southern part of Vietnam   Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Full page wide margins Size:23 x 17.5 cm. . £125 inc delivery Hand colouring is later but good not sure age of colouring x 6 also listed on Asia page


A Chart of part of the coast of Cochin-China including Turon Harbour and the Island Callao

Detailed map of the Vietnamese Coast, centered on Turon Harbor (Da Nang area). Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £185 inc delivery uncoloured chart plus listed on asia page



Cape Macartney, Staunton's Island, Cape Gower, and View of the City of Ten-Tchoo-Foo from the anchorage of the Hindostan in the Strait of Mi-A-Tau bearing South-west.; Lord Macartney's Embassy to China
Shantung Peninsula Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £225 inc delivery uncoloured chart



Sketch of a Journey from Hang-Tchoo-Foo to Quang-Tchoo-Foo or Canton in China
Hangzhou to Canton .Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £225 inc delivery uncoloured chart




A Sketch by Compass of the Coast of the Promontory of Shan-Tung with the track of the Ships and the Soundings from the place of first making the Land to the Strait of Mi-A-Tau
. The upper portion of the chart depicts "a view of the passage between Cape Zeu-oo-Tao and Islands to the eastward of it...taken from Ki-San-Seu Bay". The main body of the chart covers the coastline between the Promontory of Shan-Tung, past the harbour and bay of Ki-San-Seu to the Strait of Mi-A-Tau. Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £225 inc delivery uncoloured chart


Sketch of the Pay-ho or White River, and of the Road from Pekin to Geho taken 1793.

 It shows two routes to Pekin (Beijing), along the White River (Baihe River) and along the Imperial Highway from Jehol. Includes a compass rose and scale in nautical miles and in English miles. Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £185 inc delivery uncoloured chart



A Sketch of a Journey from Zhe-Hol in Tartary by land to Pekin and from thence by water to Hang-Tchoo-Foo in China
Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £225 inc delivery uncoloured chart



A Chart on Mercator's Projection, containing the Track and Soundings of the Lion, the Hindostan and Tenders, from Turon-Bay in Cochin-China to the mouth of the Pei-Ho River in the Gulph of Pe-Tche-Lee or Pekin

The map includes the area around Hong Kong (unnamed) and Macao, part of Formosa and an extended look at the China coastline. Antique Copper engraving by William Alexander  ( born 1767 - died 1816 ) engraving by J. Landseer and T. Shirt .Published London. 1797 by  George Nicol Plate 41 from  George Staunton's Account of the expedition. 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.William Alexander  accompanied Lord Macartney to China and made drawings of the scenery and life in China, which were issued in this . In 1802 Alexander was made Professor of Drawing at the Royal Military College at Great Marlow, and a few years later assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, which resulted in his becoming the first curator of prints and drawings. . Size: 23 x 17.5 cm. £225 inc delivery uncoloured chart



 Plate 1 : Bridge and Boats town view  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount  Foxing mark to right edge  £125 inclusive



 Plate 5 : Fortifications Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive


 Plate 7 : Shipping and fortufications Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive small foxing marks ( 2)


Plate 8 :  Shipping Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive slight age toning



 
Plate 9 :Shipping   Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive minor crease



 

Plate 10 : Shipping  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £55 inclusive has been mounted previously mount burn and age toning




Plate 21 :  Punishment scene Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £85 inclusive foxing in border as seen in pic, soft crease




 Plate 12 : Mandarin smoking opium pipe   Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive 


 Plate 13 : Soldier  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £55 inclusive has been mounted previously mount burn and age toning

 Plate 14 : Soldier Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive 


 Plate 15 :mandarin   Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive 


 Plate 16 : Soldier / archer  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £55 inclusive has been mounted previously mount burn and age toning


 Plate 17 : Official  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive 


 Plate 18:  Soldier / Rifleman Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £55 inclusive has been mounted previously mount burn and age toning


 Plate 19 :  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £145 inclusive 


 Plate 20:Shipping  Original hand-colored litho plate  by Willam Alexander(1767-1816) dated to plate 1797 but possibly printed  1805 .The earliest & best colour illustrations of China from the early 1800'sShows various Mandarins, tradesmen, royalty & all phases of Chinese society, fashion & costume, architecture..Folio, 27 x 37 cm. Simple mount   £85 inclusive  some soft creasing 



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