Lord Macartney (1737-1806) was Britain's first ambassador to China in 1792-94. He gained an audience with the Qianlong emperor but achieved nothing else. In this sense Macartney is a pivotal figure for, had his embassy succeeded, the sad history of relations between China and the west during the 19th century may never have turned out as it did and today's Hong Kong would not exist.


  • Title: Portrait of George Macartney, mid-19th century
  • Creator: Possibly copied from the engraving by Joseph Singleton (fl.1790s), after an original by Ozias Humphry (1742-1810)
  • Location Created: Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: 89 x 77 cm
  • Provenance: Gift of Martyn Gregory and Anthony J. Hardy
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • object id: HKMM2009.0214.0001

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