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An American lorcha at Niuzhuang (Newchwang), 19th century

H. Snow

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

This is a very rare example of a painting of the northern most treaty port in present-day Liaoning province, China. The lorcha is probably a pilot vessel, most of the pilots for foreign vessels using the port being Americans.

A lorcha is a hybrid vessel with European hull and Chinese rig. This type of vessels were developed in Macau during the sixteenth century, and became very popular on the China coast by the nineteenth century.

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  • Title: An American lorcha at Niuzhuang (Newchwang), 19th century
  • Creator: H. Snow
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 x 46 cm
  • Original Language: English
  • Provenance: Gift of Anthony J. Hardy
  • Transcript: Signed 'H. Snow' and inscribed verso 'Newchwang, China'
  • Type: Painting
  • Publisher: Painting of the China Trade: The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Historic Paintings (2013), cat. 62
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Oil on board
  • object id: HKMM2007.0262.0001


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