This painting shows three opium ships off Lintin Island in the mid-1820s. To the right is one of the 'fast crabs' used to smuggle opium into the Pearl River Delta. All the ships in this picture would have been seen by the Chinese authorities as sea bandits. Lintin lay either in the 'outer sea' or on the 'sea frontier' where official Chinese control was weak. That is why it was chosen as the rendezvous for smuggling.


  • Title: Opium ships at Lintin, China
  • Creator: Edward Duncan after William John Huggins (1781-1845)
  • Date Created: 1838
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 107 x 156 cm
  • Provenance: Previously owned by John Gover; Brall; HSBC; Martyn Gregory
  • Transcript: Engraved: Edward Duncan after William Huggins, 'The Opium Ships at Lintin in China', aquatint, published 1838
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • object id: HKMM2011.0208.0001

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