The distinctive walled city is shown not only replete with its ancient, historic monuments - the Five-Storey Watch Tower, the round or Mohammedan Tower and the Flowery Pagoda - but also with a rare early view - perhaps the earliest known - of the foreign factories or trading offices of the European merchants in the eighteenth century, located on reclaimed land to the west.


  • Title: Gentiloni Painting: Canton, late 18th century
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 84 x 172.5 x 2.6 cm (framed)
  • Provenance: Previously owned by the direct descendant of Camillo de Rossi, antiquarian and diplomat. De Rossi purchased the panels in Rio de Janeiro in 1807 or 1809.
  • Transcript: A 19th century manuscript note in Italian on the reverse of the panel. English translation: 'Cav. Camillo de Rossi, grandfather of the Marchesa Natalia de Rossi in Farraioli, bought the views of the four Chinese ports in the city of Rio de Janeiro. He found himself in Brazil as Secretary under the Papal legation to King John VI of Braganza, probably in 1807, when the King had left Portugal which was then occupied by the French.'
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Watercolour and gouache on paper
  • object id: HKMM2010.0031.0002

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